If Chicago Bears can protect football, they’ll win games

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky /

The Chicago Bears got a 27-24 win on the road over the Baltimore Ravens.  Is there any surprise that if the Bears limit their turnovers then they can win games?

The Bears got the surprise upset win against the Ravens in week 6.  And while they got key contributions from rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky and running back Jordan Howard, there was another major reason the Bears won the game.

In addition to a strong running game, winning the turnover battle is how Chicago got the victory.  Up until week six, they were among the bottom in the league in turnover differential.  This has led to the Bears losing games this season. If they can reverse that trend, the Bears can improve on their record.

This is one of the main reasons that Mitch Trubisky is the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears and not Mike Glennon.  Glennon had 8 turnovers in four games.  A totally unacceptable number for a starting quarterback.

Not all of them were Glennon’s fault but ultimately the responsibility is with the quarterback to protect the football while managing the offense.  While the rookie Trubisky has committed two turnovers in his two starts, that’s still a much lower rate than the veteran Glennon.

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Chicago has to play to their strengths, which is running the football and controlling the clock.  The Bears ran for 231 yards against the Ravens and Jordan Howard had 167 yards of that.  In order to keep the pressure off Mitch Trubisky, they have to run the ball.

But in order to win, they have to win the turnover battle.  They did that against the Baltimore Ravens, committing just 2 turnovers compared to the Ravens 3.  If Chicago can continue to do this then they have a good chance of winning more games.

The Bears ability to hold on to the football will be tested in week 7, when they return home to take on the Carolina Panthers who are 3-0 on the road this season.