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NFL Week 3 overreactions: Bears are frauds, Falcons are comical, and Packers are class of NFC
SportsPulse: Week 3 had so much action we provide a jumbo sized version of overreactions this week. Mackenzie Salmon reacts to all the biggest storylines from a wild Sunday in the NFL.
The 3-0 Chicago Bears are officially handing the reins to their offense to a new starting quarterback.
Nick Foles will take over for Mitchell Trubisky as the team’s starter on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, coach Matt Nagy announced Monday.
Nagy confirmed that Foles would not merely be the starter on a trial basis.
“Nick is our starter moving forward,” Nagy said.
Foles rallied the Bears to a 30-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, throwing three fourth-quarter touchdowns after Trubisky was benched in the third quarter. He finished with 188 yards on 16-of-29 passing.
“It’s not easy coming in cold like that,” Foles said. “But if you can approach it with a mindset of ‘Hey, one play at a time, you can’t get all those points back in one throw,’ that helps a lot.”
The Bears acquired Foles in a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason and announced they would hold an open competition at quarterback, but the ninth-year veteran was unable to beat out Trubisky amid training camp restrictions stemmingthe coronavirus pandemic.
Trubisky, 26, now faces an uncertain future in Chicago. The Bears decided this spring not to exercise the fifth-year option for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, putting him on track to become a free agent at the end of the year.
Trubisky said Sunday he was surprised to be pulled.
“It kind of happened out of nowhere,” Trubisky said. “I just accepted the news. I had Nick’s back like he’s had mine. The situation sucked, but it was just the flow of the game and how it happened and coach made the decision that he felt was best for the team.”