In 2017, the Chicago Bears had the third pick in the NFL Draft. Desperate to find their quarterback of the future, the Bears traded with the 49ers to move up to second overall. With that pick, Ryan Pace chose Mitchell Trubisky over other QBs Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Davis Webb, C.J. Beathard, Joshua Dobbs, Nathan Peterman, Brad Kaaya, and Chad Kelly.
Shortly thereafter, the Chiefs acquired the tenth overall pick from the Bills and selected Mahomes. The Texans followed Kansas City’s lead and quickly traded up to No. 12 via the Browns to nab Watson.
Four seasons later, two of those three franchises are elated they paid the price to acquire a franchise quarterback. The third franchise is the Bears. It’d be unfair to say that Trubisky has been a total bust; after all, he played very well in 2018. Trubisky simply hasn’t made the leap that Mahomes and Watson have, and when compared to those two, Trubisky looks quite bad.
On Sunday afternoon in Chicago, the comparison will be thrust right into the faces of the Bears anew. As upset as their fans are at Ryan Pace for passing on Mahomes and Watson, I reckon that fury will ratchet up a notch or two when they see DW4 doing what he does at Soldier Field for another team. Even in a lost Texans season, it’ll be appointment viewing, so I suggest you calendar accordingly.
Kickoff Time: 12 p.m. CST on Sunday, December 13th.
TV Broadcast: CBS.
Radio Broadcast: Sports Radio 610 (AM), 100.3 (FM), and SXM 226. NFL Game Pass also provides an audio streaming service.
Online Streaming: Viewers in the U.S. can use the NFL Mobile app if they have a Verizon subscription. Everyone else can use the NFL Game Pass subscription service to watch the game.
Opponent Blog: Windy City Gridiron.
Facebook: Sure, you like us. But do you really, really like us?
NFL Network Replay: To be determined.
In terms of what we'll be doing for the game itself, expect "Countdown To Kickoff" to post at 8 a.m. CST on Sunday. The first open thread for Texans-Bears will go up at 11:45 a.m. CST. We'll add live open threads as necessary during the game, and then we'll have a post-game reaction thread as soon as the game's over.