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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears Pick & Prediction OCT 8TH 2020

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Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go for their fourth win in a row when they visit the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.


The 43-year-old Brady is coming off his best performance since joining the Buccaneers as a free agent during the offseason. He threw for 369 yards and five touchdowns in a win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, which improved Tampa Bay's record to 3-1 to stay atop the NFC South.


Through four games, Brady has thrown for 1,122 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. He is No. 2 in NFL history in passing yards (75,693) and touchdowns (552), trailing Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints in both categories.


"How can you not believe in him?" Tampa Bay wide receiver Scotty Miller said. "He's the greatest to ever do it. We just needed to go in there and follow his lead. We know he's gonna get the job done, so we've just gotta do what we do and help him out a little bit."


Chicago enters with a 3-1 record, as well, one game back of the Green Bay Packers for the top spot in the NFC North. The Bears opened the season with three straight wins before losing 19-11 against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4.


In that loss, Bears quarterback Nick Foles threw for 249 yards and one touchdown in his first start since replacing Mitchell Trubisky in the second half one week earlier. Foles remains the starter heading into Thursday's prime-time matchup.


Bears coach Matt Nagy is hoping for a more cohesive performance on offense after an inconsistent start to the season. The Bears are No. 24 in the league in total offense with an average of 343.3 yards per game, and they are No. 25 in scoring with 21.3 points per game.


By contrast, Tampa Bay is No. 16 in offense (371.5 yards) and No. 8 in scoring (30.0 points).


Running back Ronald Jones has emerged to bring balance to the Buccaneers' offense, a mission the Bears have not been able to achieve in 2020.


"It's about being decisive," Brady said of Jones. "There's a lot of things that are happening very quickly and you've got to make good decisions. ... When you play aggressive, you play with your (maximum) ability. If you're not sure (or) you're in between, it's no good. I think being decisive and watching Ro run like he has this year -- and watching Leonard (Fournette) run, watching Ke'Shawn (Vaughn) run -- they can be very decisive because they trust the line, they know when to make their cut, they're in a good position to get downhill in the running game and then be decisive and run through the holes and really attack the defense. Ro's been doing a great job of that all year."


On the defensive side, Tampa Bay is fourth in the league in allowing only 312.0 yards per game, while Chicago is No. 8 in total defense with an average of 345.3 yards allowed.


The Bears' defense is run by Tampa head coach Bruce Arians' former boss in Indy, Chuck Pagano. Arians filled in as Colts head coach on an interim basis when Pagano underwent cancer treatment and today Arians says Pagano is "like my brother from the West Coast. I hate going against friends."


Injuries have hit Tampa Bay more than Chicago through the first quarter of the season.


Veteran tight end O.J. Howard tore his Achilles tendon last week for the Buccaneers and was placed on injured reserve, which could mean a bigger role for Rob Gronkowski going forward.


Four other receivers -- Mike Evans (ankle), Chris Godwin (hamstring), Miller (hip/groin) and Justin Watson (chest) -- are dealing with injuries that kept them out of practice to start the week. Running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) is a question mark after missing Week 4.


As for Chicago, health is less of a concern, although top pass rusher Khalil Mack was listed as a limited participant in practice to start the week because of a sore knee. A pair of defensive backs, Deon Bush and Sherrick McManis, did not participate because of hamstring injuries.


Wideout Allen Robinson said the Bears can't afford to exhale.


"We've got a good team coming in here in Tampa Bay that's playing well right now, that's starting to heat up a little bit," Robinson said. "Again, we have to take on the challenge. We have to come here and play better."


--Field Level Media


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chicago Bears

Player Position Lineup
Shaquil Barrett primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Sean Murphy-Bunting primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Cappa primary: Right Guard Starter
Lavonte David primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Carlton Davis primary: Cornerback Starter
Mike Evans primary: Wide Receiver Starter
William Gholston primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Ryan Jensen primary: Center Starter
Ronald Jones II primary: Runningback Starter
Ali Marpet primary: Left Guard Starter
Scotty Miller primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jason Pierre-Paul primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Donovan Smith primary: Left Tackle Starter
Vita Vea primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Devin White primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Whitehead primary: Safety Starter
Tom Brady primary: Quarterback Starter
Ndamukong Suh primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Rob Gronkowski primary: Tight End Starter
Tristan Wirfs primary: Right Tackle Starter
Antoine Winfield Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Tyler Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Cameron Brate primary: Tight End Substitution
Jack Cichy primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Jamel Dean primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Edwards primary: Safety Substitution
Cyril Grayson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tanner Hudson primary: Tight End Substitution
Anthony Nelson primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Rakeem Nunez-Roches primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Patrick O'Connor primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Bradley Pinion primary: Punter Substitution
Ryan Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zach Triner primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Quinton Bell primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Kevin Minter primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Joe Haeg primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Andrew Adams primary: Safety Substitution
Ke'Shawn Vaughn primary: Runningback Substitution
Cam Gill primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Josh Wells primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaydon Mickens primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Leonard Fournette primary: Runningback Substitution
Ryan Succop primary: Kicker Substitution
Ross Cockrell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chris Godwin primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Ryan Griffin primary: Quarterback Not active
Aaron Stinnie primary: Guard Not active
Justin Watson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Blaine Gabbert primary: Quarterback Did not play
Khalil Davis primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Parnell Motley primary: Cornerback Did not play
Josh Pearson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Not active
A.Q. Shipley primary: Center Did not play
Player Position Lineup
James Daniels primary: Left Guard Starter
Kyle Fuller primary: Cornerback Starter
Akiem Hicks primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eddie Jackson primary: Safety Starter
Charles Leno Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Khalil Mack primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Bobby Massie primary: Right Tackle Starter
David Montgomery primary: Runningback Starter
Bilal Nichols primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Cordarrelle Patterson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Allen Robinson II primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Buster Skrine primary: Cornerback Starter
Roquan Smith primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Danny Trevathan primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Cody Whitehair primary: Center Starter
Jimmy Graham primary: Tight End Starter
Nick Foles primary: Quarterback Starter
Germain Ifedi primary: Right Guard Starter
Robert Quinn primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Cole Kmet primary: Tight End Starter
Jaylon Johnson primary: Cornerback Starter
Tashaun Gipson Sr. primary: Safety Starter
Alex Bars primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Rashaad Coward primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
DeAndre Houston-Carson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Joel Iyiegbuniwe primary: Linebacker Substitution
Anthony Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Nall primary: Runningback Substitution
Pat O'Donnell primary: Punter Substitution
Roy Robertson-Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Duke Shelley primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Javon Wims primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Woods primary: Linebacker Substitution
Demetrius Harris primary: Tight End Substitution
J.P. Holtz primary: Tight End Substitution
James Vaughters primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brent Urban primary: Defensive End Substitution
Patrick Scales primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Barkevious Mingo primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jason Spriggs primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Kindle Vildor primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Darnell Mooney primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ted Ginn Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Cairo Santos primary: Kicker Substitution
Mario Edwards Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Devante Bond primary: Linebacker Substitution
Deon Bush primary: Defensive Back Not active
Sherrick McManis primary: Defensive Back Not active
Riley Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Mitchell Trubisky primary: Quarterback Did not play
Trevis Gipson primary: Linebacker Not active
Arlington Hambright primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Artavis Pierce primary: Runningback Did not play
Dan McCullers primary: Defensive Tackle Not active

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chicago Bears

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Evans
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 39 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 12 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jimmy Graham
    • Passer: Nick Foles
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Rusher: David Montgomery
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 25 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 47 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • Match End


Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Kansas City W 9 - 31
  • @Green Bay W 31 - 26
  • @New Orleans W 30 - 20
  • @Washington W 31 - 23
  • Atlanta W 27 - 44
  • @Detroit W 47 - 7
  • @Atlanta W 31 - 27
  • Minnesota W 14 - 26
  • Kansas City L 27 - 24
  • L.A. Rams L 27 - 24
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 21
  • Green Bay L 35 - 16
  • @Jacksonville W 41 - 17
  • @Minnesota W 33 - 27
  • Houston W 7 - 36
  • Detroit L 34 - 30
  • @Green Bay L 25 - 41
  • Minnesota L 19 - 13
  • @Tennessee L 17 - 24
  • New Orleans L 26 - 23

Last Meetings

  • Buccaneers @ Bears 19-20
  • Buccaneers @ Bears 10-48
  • Bears @ Buccaneers 7-29
  • Bears @ Buccaneers 10-36
  • Bears @ Buccaneers 26-21
  • Buccaneers @ Bears 13-21
  • Bears @ Buccaneers 24-18
  • Buccaneers @ Bears 27-24
  • Buccaneers @ Bears 31-34

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries