After beating the Washington Redskins this past Sunday, it's hard to envision the Bucs playing another team that's worse defensively. Well, come this Sunday in Chicago, that just might be the case. The Bears are last in the NFL in points allowed per game at 29.0 and 25th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game at 256.4.
NFL Films Greg Cosell, who was on with Fan Interference Thursday, said the Bears defense is pretty ordinary.
"The interesting thing, potentially for the Bucs, is their playing another defense that's not very good. They haven't been able to rush the quarterback. Their secondary is really not very good at all. It's a defense that doesn't do a lot of things," Cosell said. "There's not a lot of difficult coverages to decipher. They play mostly zone, cover two, cover three, sprinkle in man on occasion because everyone does. But there's not a lot of mystery to the Bears defense."
The Bears are feeling pretty good about themselves after last week's 21-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings. In that game, the Bears gave up a season-low 243 yards. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for just 158 yards and was picked off once. As expected, all the talk after that game was how good the Bears defense was against the Vikings.
" It had nothing to do with Bridgewater. It had to do with what we did,” Bears cornerback Tim Jennings said. “We got back to playing fast. We were being physical. And our defensive line was getting after it. Regardless of the quarterback we’re facing, if we get that kind of effort we should have a good day.”
Regardless of the Bears defensive performance against the Vikings this past Sunday, the Bucs offense has to feel pretty good heading into this game. Josh McCown had his best start last week and Mike Evans dominated the Redskins secondary.
In fact, according to Pro football Focus, McCown is playing some really good football of late. Since returning from a thumb injury in Week 10, he is seventh among quarterbacks in PFF’s QB rating, ahead of Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, among others. It goes on to say that McCown has done his damage deep, throwing three touchdowns to targets 20 yards or farther away. His 63.6 completion percentage on those 11 tries ranks second, only to Aaron Rodgers, the last two weeks.
The Bears are the more talented team. They are playing at home. There's more riding on this game for the Bears. That being said, the Bucs have a chance to put up some points on this Bears defense. If they do that, the Bucs could be looking at win number 3.
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