After Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was only allowed to throw 16 passes in a victory over Baltimore last week, one Chicago radio station put together a parody of the song “Let it Go’’ from the film Frozen.
The tune implored the Bears to “Let Him Throw.’’
So, this week Trubisky had only seven passes attempts (with four completions) and the Bears won again, defeating Carolina 17-3.
Hey, if they’re going to continue to win this way, someone needs to come up with a new song: “Let Him Hand Off.’’
It’s hard to find an NFL quarterback in recent seasons who played an entire game with only seven pass attempts.
Tim Tebow went 2 for 8 in Denver’s 17-10 win over Kansas City on Nov. 13, 2011, but that’s the closest thing we can find. The coach of that Broncos team, by the way, was John Fox.
The NFL record for fewest pass attempts in a game is zero. It has been done five times but the last time was 1950.
Even with only seven attempts, Trubisky still passed for more yards (107) than Brett Hundley, who made his first start in place of injured Aaron Rodgers for Green Bay. Hundley was 12 for 25 for 87 yards in a loss to New Orleans.
Iowa State is now 5-2, ranked for the first time in 12 years and seemingly headed for its first bowl berth in five years.
The offense is taking most of the bows, but how about that defense? By defeating Texas Tech 31-13 on Saturday, the Cyclones held an opponent about 30 points below its season average for the second consecutive week.
Pretty good weekend for the Slavens family, huh? Max Slavens had 193 yards in total offense and had a hand in scoring five touchdowns Friday as Pleasant Valley clinched a playoff berth with a 49-17 win over Dubuque Senior. On Saturday, Ben Slavens made eight tackles for Grand View in a 61-9 rout of Graceland. And Nick Slavens had 271 all-purpose yards (125 rushing, 146 on kickoff returns) in Luther’s loss to Wartburg.
As far as we can tell, only the Iowa High School Athletic Association does things this way. It released the brackets for the state’s football playoffs at 2:20 a.m. Saturday.
I understand it takes awhile to get the pairings all put together. So, why not wait and release it at a normal time the following day, as Illinois and other states do?
If felt like we were watching the Conservative Bowl on Saturday when Iowa took on Northwestern.
The Big Ten’s two longest tenured — and most cautious — head coaches did things most other coaches wouldn’t do.
When Northwestern got the ball in a tie game with a minute, 30 seconds remaining and two timeouts, it made no attempt to win the game. The Wildcats ran three running plays and played for overtime.
After they scored a touchdown to start overtime, Iowa faced a third-and-7 situation. It ran the ball up the middle and left itself with a do-or-die fourth-down play. If you saw the game, you know how well that turned out.