Sunday’s game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers got ugly in a hurry.
Chicago turned the ball over four times in the game, including three in the first half as they fell behind 17-3 early. From the start, the Bears couldn’t muster much offense as quarterback Jay Cutler threw interceptions on back-to-back drives.
The second pick got the Buccaneers on the board, as former Bears safety Chris Conte picked off Cutler and returned it for a touchdown.
The Bears couldn’t recover after that.
Cutler completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Meredith on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half to cut the lead to 17-10. That was all the offense the Bears could muster in a disappointing performance.
Cutler finished 16-of-30 for 182 yards and two interceptions.
Turnovers derailed any hope the Bears had of getting to 3-6 on the season. Cutler committed a total of four turnovers including a pair of interceptions and a fumble, while RB Jorda Howard also lost a fumble.
Chicago also struggled on third downs, going just 2-for-11 on third downs in the game.
The Buccaneers took full advantage of Chicago’s sloppy play. Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the way for Tampa Bay's offense.
One of those touchdowns came to open the second half. On third down, Winston made an incredible play to avoid several Bears defenders for the sack, eventually finding WR Mike Evans for a 50-yard gain. The following play, Winston threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Martino.
For Chicago, the 36-10 loss is a disappointing result for a team that showed promise in the Week 8 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
In that win over the Vikings, the Bears committed just two penalties. In Week 10, they committed a total of 9 penalties for 74 yards.
It seemed as if the Bears had turned it around a bit but after this result, which follows a bye week, the team has taken a step back.
Rookie running back Jordan Howard had another big game, rushing for 100 yards on 15 carries. He left the game in the second half in what head coach John Fox is calling a lower leg injury.
Howard’s only blemish came on a third-quarter fumble, which led to a Buccaneers touchdown.
With the loss, Chicago drops to 2-7 on the season and will be on the road again in Week 11 when they take on the New York Giants.