Chicago Bears v. Tampa Bay Bucs Game Preview


The Chicago Bears (0-1) travel to Tampa Bay this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0). — After the week 1 matchup was cancelled against the Miami Dolphins. — As originally scheduled, the decision announced Tuesday only days after Hurricane Irma. Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 17. The game will mark Tampa Bay’s 2017 opener and the third straight season the Bucs have played host to the Bears, including last season’s 36-10 Tampa Bay victory.

The Bears suffered a Week 1 loss against Atlanta in week 1, falling 23-17 at Soldier Field. An exciting addition to this weekend’s game is having former Bucs back-up quarterback, Mike Glennon back in Tampa Bay facing his former team as a starter. The 6’6 QB threw for 216 yards and 1 touchdown versus the Falcons last week, but Bears fans are looking for an extended performance this Sunday.

Although we haven’t seen the Bucs in regular season play yet, the anticipation is high to see this 2017 team in action. Between the new offensive trio the Bucs have and the defensive additions, Tampa Bay is expected to carry out a big winning record this season.

Best QB/WR combo

Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) points against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-11. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers will bring a lot of emotion into this game, not to mention one of the NFL’s best young passing combinations in QB Jameis Winston and WR Mike Evans.

Team Matchups

The Power Rankings have the No. 28-rated Chicago Bears taking on the No. 18-rated Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this matchup.


Chicago Bears +7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -7

Point total (43)

Chicago Bears +265, TB Buccaneers -325.

Staff pick: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7)
Buccaneers win and cover.

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