It’s Thursday night, and the Bucs and Bears are set to play the first game of week five in the NFL, as the Bears look to get to 4-1 against Tom Brady.
The Bucs are also 3-1 as they enter action, and Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com put out his pick for the game between the two NFC foes.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24, Chicago Bears 21
8:20 p.m. ET (FOX, NFL Network, Amazon) | Soldier Field (Chicago)
The craziest part about the Bucs ranking first in DVOA (measuring overall efficiency) is how much better they can still get on offense. Bruce Arians’ bombs-away approach appeared to only fully click in the second half of last week’s win against a banged-up Chargers group, but playing the fundamentally sound, eighth-ranked Bears defense on a short week will be much tougher. As long as the Bucs have wideouts Mike Evans and Scott Miller — both listed as questionable on Wednesday’s injury report, though NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports optimism that both will suit up, Tom Brady will possess just enough weapons to win. It’s the Bucs’ offensive linemen who are truly the stars on this team, the perfect antidote to slow down Chicago’s defensive strength up front.