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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sailed into Chicago on Sunday looking for a win to stay tied for 1st place in the NFC South. Instead, they ran into a buzzsaw.

Although Mitch Trubisky’s passing numbers ended up being the most impactful part of the game, a 23 yard scramble on the Bears first drive was the QB’s first notable play. After entering Buc’s territory on the run, Trubisky threw a 39 yard TD reception to wide open Trey Burton streaking down the sideline.

On the Buc’s opening drive, Khalil Mack showed his utility blowing up a 2nd down run and pressuring Ryan Fitzpatrick to force errant throws.

(Sept. 29, 2018 - Source: Getty Images North America)

The rest of the game was more of the same.

The Buc’s were able to get on the board on the first play of the second half. A 48-yard Desean Jackson reception set up a 30-yard field goal to put the game at 14-3. The Bears would respond by scoring 31 unanswered points. With the game out of reach by half, the Buc’s put in Jameis Winston to relieve Ryan Fitzpatrick. Winston threw a TD with 5:34 left and had an 80% completion percentage

despite throwing 2 interceptions.

The Bears won 48-10 for a fantastic home win.


Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel, Allen Robinson II, Jordan Bellamy and Trey Bruton all contributed to the rest of Mitch Trubisky’s 6 touchdowns which came on 6 of the teams first 7 drives. Tarik Cohen lead the pack in both rushing and receiving for the team totaling 177 yards. Khalil Mack was disruptive as ever, with several tackles for loss, a strip sack and hitting Jameis Winston’s arm on a throw which lead to an INT. Although Mitch Trubisky played well, just as much credit needs to be given to offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as well as terrible play by the Buc’s secondary. Receivers were open to extents almost never seen in the NFL, just about every starting quarterback in the league could have made those throws. He’ll have a chance to do it again in two weeks in Miami.

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The lone disappointment of the game for the Bears was the antics of Akeem Hicks. After shoving an official, he was ejected from the game and will likely pay a hefty fine and possible suspension. He is a irreplaceable cog in that defense and needs to be on the field.

Not much needs to be said about the Buc’s. The team rivaled the Bill’s for the worst single game performance of the season. Dirk Koetter better get to work.

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