New York Jets players Steve McLendon, Leonard Williams try to block a goal against Jacksonville Jaguars during their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S., October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: (Re-transmission of image #856247554) Jay Cutler #6 of the Miami Dolphins is tackled by Rafael Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints in the first half during the NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium on October 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against Mark Barron #26 of the Los Angeles Rams in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 01: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots goes out of bounds after making a 2-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 01: Briean Boddy-Calhoun #20 and Christian Kirksey #58 of the Cleveland Browns hold their fists in the air during the National Anthem before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller /Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks reaches into the end zone to score a 23 yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on October 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 01: Patrick Robinson #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles defends against Tyrell Williams #16 of the Los Angeles Chargers on a pass play during the first half of a game at StubHub Center on October 1, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Jaylon Smith #54, Jeff Heath #38 and Kavon Frazier #35 of the Dallas Cowboys stop Malcolm Brown #34 of the Los Angeles Rams in the second half of a game at AT&T Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 1: Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts points as he rushes for 25 yards in the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts as Alec Ogletree #52 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates after the the Dallas Cowboys failed to score on a two point conversion in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 01: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to Devin Funchess #17 (not pictured) during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 01: Mike Wallace #17 of the Baltimore Ravens and Nick Boyle #86 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 01: Tyler Kroft #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a touch down catch and is taken down by Joe Schobert #53 of the Cleveland Browns in the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller /Getty Images)
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It's a rough stretch of games for any quarterback, but this one feels especially daunting for a rookie making his NFL debut. If the Vikings' fourth-ranked run defense can shut down the Bears' two most effective offensive weapons in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, Trubisky might be forced to give up the role of "game manager" in favor of playing a bit of hero-ball in his debut.
Trubisky's schedule doesn't get much easier from there, with games against the Panthers, Packers, Lions, and Eagles all coming up in the next two months.
Trubisky will be the third rookie quarterback to make his debut this season, with DeShone Kizer of the Browns struggling out of the gate and Deshaun Watson leading the Texans back to 2-2 after winning the starting job from Tom Savage after Week 1.
Making his debut on "Monday Night Football," Trubisky already finds himself in impressive company.
Over the last 30 seasons, only 3 1st-round pick QBs made their 1st career start on Monday Night Football
We've seen rookies have success in the league right out the gate, most recently from Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys last season, and Trubisky looked solid in the preseason action he had earlier in the year. But facing down a tough defense on national television before going on the road to take on one of the most dominant home teams in recent memory, Trubisky won't have a lot of time to get his sea legs under him.