On defense, the Bears have struggled with tackling and with containing quarterbacks over the past three weeks. In three straight losses, the Chicago defense let Blaine Gabbert, Kirk Cousins and Teddy Bridgewater all have career games. Gabbert, Cousins and Bridgewater combined for 727 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception. On Sunday, Winston and the Bucs won’t make things easy.
Elite Youth Mitch Williams Jersey The Bucs are coming off of a tough 31-23 loss on the road to the St. Louis Rams in Week 15. The Rams gutted out the win in what may well be their last game in St. Louis, helped along by two rushing touchdowns from receiver Tavon Austin. The Bucs put up a fight, though, and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to make it a game. Winston threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns while Mike Evans caught nine passes for 157 yards.
Game Jimmy Hayes Jersey Winston is certainly part of the team’s turnaround, as is new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, whose scheme has boosted the Bucs’ offensive performance. A strong ground attack, buoyed by a resurgent season from running back Doug Martin also has helped. Martin is the NFL’s second-leading rusher this season, trailing Adrian Peterson by just 9 yards.
The Bears are coming off of a devastating 38-17 loss to Peterson’s Minnesota Vikings, which knocked them out of playoff contention. Chicago has faced injury-related adversity all season, especially among its receivers. Alshon Jeffery has battled recurring injuries throughout the year, first-round pick Kevin White never set foot on the field during the regular season after undergoing surgery in August, and the team also recently placed tight end Martellus Bennett on injured reserve.