CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes to outplay Deshaun Watson in their first meeting since they entered the NFL, and the Chicago Bears snapped a six-game losing streak with a 36-7 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
David Montgomery ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage, helping the Bears stopped their worst skid since the 2002 team dropped eight in a row to match a franchise record. The Bears (6-7) sacked Watson seven times, including a safety by Khalil Mack, to tie a career high for the Texans quarterback.READ MORE: The United Center COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site: An Inside Look
“All in all, I thought the first half was really good. We talked about finishing in the second half. Our offense was very efficient in the first half. We got touchdowns when we needed to,” said Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. “It started, obviously, with the first play from scrimmage and David having an 80-yard touchdown run.”
General manager Ryan Pace’s decision to draft Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017 when he could have gone with Watson or Patrick Mahomes drew even more attention than usual during the week. But on Sunday, Trubisky delivered.
Trubisky buried the Texans (4-9) in the first half, throwing for three TDs as the Bears grabbed a 30-7 lead.
Facing one of the NFL’s worst defenses, he completed 24 of 33 passes for 267 yards. He posted a 126.7 rating in his third start since returning to the lineup with Nick Foles (hip and glute) injured.
“Keep taking what the defense gives us, and you see the positive plays on first and second down. If you can just stay out of those third and long situations, which we have, and we’re just keeping the ball down the field; keep our defense off the field, and let them do their thing – I think we’re starting to establish rhythm on offense,” Trubisky said.
Montgomery tied the fourth-longest run in franchise history and finished with a season-high 113 yards on 11 carries.
Allen Robinson caught nine passes for 123 yards, matching a season high and giving him 1,027 for the season. It’s the second straight year he has reached 1,000 yards.
Mack went four games without a sack before he got Watson for a safety in the second quarter. He also recovered a fumble by Duke Johnson in the first period and deflected a pass in the second.
Roquan Smith had two sacks. And the Monsters of the Midway came away with their first win since they beat Carolina in Week 6.
“We definitely got a good bit of sacks today, and it was awesome – especially versus a very mobile quarterback in Watson,” Smith said. “Not many people can distract him off.”
The NFL’s second-leading passer behind Mahomes, Watson was 21 of 30 for 219 yards after three straight games with more than 300.READ MORE: ONLY ON 2: Woman Says She Feared For Her Life When Man Hurled Racist Slurs, Spit At Her In Road Rage Incident In Alsip Cemetery
Watson exited for a play after he was hit by Smith and Mack, throwing an incomplete pass on a third down near the goal line late in the third. AJ McCarron got sacked, ending that threat. Watson returned on the next drive.
Montgomery wasted no time giving the Bears a lead when he broke through the line and burst up the left side. It matched the Bears’ longest run of the Super Bowl era, with Neal Anderson going for 80 yards against Green Bay on Nov. 27, 1988.
Trubisky made it 14-0 early in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown to Jimmy Graham. But the Texans quickly answered. A 48-yard reception by Johnson set up Watson’s 5-yard pass to Keke Coutee, making it a seven-point game.
Mack followed a 10-yard sack by Bilal Nichols by taking down Watson for a safety. The Bears went 66 yards on the next drive, with Darnell Mooney scoring from the 12 on a swing pass to make it 23-7 with 3:22 remaining in the half.
Trubisky added a 3-yard TD to Robinson in double coverage in the closing seconds, sending the Bears to the locker room with a 23-point lead
Texans: S Justin Reid hurt his hand in the first half, and DT Brandon Dunn (hip) was injured in the fourth quarter. … WR Brandin Cooks was inactive because of foot and neck injuries, sidelining another one of Watson’s top targets.
Bears: CB Jaylon Johnson hurt his shoulder.
Texans: Play at Indianapolis next Sunday.
Bears: Visit Minnesota next Sunday.
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