Former Bears and current Steelers backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was forced into action after starting quarterback Kenny Pickett was injured against the Arizona Cardinals. Ironically, his poor performance has greatly helped his old team.
Pittsburgh’s losses to the aforementioned Cardinals and the New England Patriots has given the Carolina Panthers a 1.5 game lead for the worst record in the NFL and the top selection in the 2023 draft. The Bears of course have the rights to that pick after trading their 2022 first-round pick to Carolina for D.J. Moore.
This puts Chicago in the driver’s seat with just five games left in the season. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport put it more succinctly in this post:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2023
The Bears will now have a lot of decisions to make about what direction they are going in go after this season as it becomes more likely they will pick number one again.