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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears: By the numbers, what they're saying

Bucs vs. Bears

1 p.m., Wembley Stadium, London

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM

Line/over-under: Bears by 1; 43½

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17
Lions

Lions 27, Bucs 20

(0-1)

at Vikings

Bucs 24 Vikings 20

(1-1)

Falcons

Bucs 16, Falcons 13

(2-1)

Colts

Bucs 24, Colts 17

(3-1)

at 49ers

49ers 48, Bucs 3

(3-2)

Saints

Bucs 26, Saints 20

(4-2)

Bears #

1 p.m. today, Ch. 13

at Saints

1 p.m. Nov. 6, Ch. 13

Texans

1 p.m. Nov. 13, Ch. 10 *

at Packers

1 p.m. Nov. 20, Ch. 13

at Titans

1 p.m. Nov. 27, Ch. 13

Panthers

1 p.m. Dec. 4, Ch. 13 *

at Jaguars

1 p.m. Dec. 11, Ch. 13

Cowboys

8:20 p.m. Dec. 17, NFL *

at Panthers

1 p.m. Dec. 24, Ch. 13

at Falcons

1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 13



The poll

Who was most instrumental in the Bucs' win over the Saints? Total: 710 votes

Tanard Jackson: 11 percent

Quincy Black: 4 percent

Connor Barth: 4 percent

Other: 2 percent

By the numbers

74 Consecutive passes the Bears' Jay Cutler has thrown without an interception dating to Oct. 2

19 Times Cutler has been sacked this season, second most in the NFL

0 Sacks for the Bucs defense over the past two games

18-35 Bucs' record against the Bears, although they have won nine of the past 14 meetings

908 Yards from scrimmage for Bears running back Matt Forte, who has accounted for 46.2 percent of the their offense this season

What they're saying

If only the Bucs could play the Saints six times a season. Tampa Bay has its flaws, but Raheem Morris' club knows how to beat dem Saints. The Bucs have been responsible for three of New Orleans' past nine regular-season defeats dating to late 2009. And after this week's trip to London and next week's bye, guess who Tampa Bay faces in Week 9? The Saints, in the Superdome, where the Bucs have won in each of the past two seasons and three times in the past four years.

Don Banks Sports Illustrated

One of the things that hasn't been easy for Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson as he prepares for the game is sorting out the Bears secondary. That's what five starting safety combinations in six games will do.

Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune

The picks

Welcome to jolly old England, where the NFL is importing another game involving the only team in the league interested in playing there (the Tam U Glazers). And in the midst of the rootin'-tootin'est offensive season in history, two defenses actually carry the day. Cheerio! Bucs, 19-17.

Peter King Sports Illustrated

The Bucs were impressive in beating the Saints last week as Josh Freeman had his best day of the season. The Bears also bounced back against the Vikings. The key here will be the Bears offensive line against the Bucs defensive front. Both units played better last week. I look for Jay Cutler to have a good day and the Bears to win consecutive games. Bears, 28-21.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sportsline

Bears still not good enough to control their destiny. Their success is dependant on homefield, weak opponents or both. But the Bucs are in that same boat, so this game is the ultimate toss-up. Bears are more used to handling distractions. Bears, 13-10.

Mark Potash Chicago Sun-Times

Earnest Graham: 56 percent



Josh Freeman: 23 percent

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears: By the numbers, what they're saying 10/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 5:13pm]
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