Bucs bench Fitzpatrick vs. Bears

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said they would only make a change at quarterback if something drastic happened, according to media reports. Well, something drastic happened.

The Buccaneers went to backup Jameis Winston against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Ryan Fitzpatrick started the game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick warming up before the Chicago Bears game

Ryan Fitzpatrick warming up before the Chicago Bears game (Getty Images)

Winston is in his first game back with the team. He served a three-game suspension for an incident with an Uber driver several years ago in Arizona.

The former No. 1 overall pick replaced Fitzpatrick in the third quarter.

The Bears are leading the Bucs 45-3 in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick went nine of 18 for 126 yards and an interception.

This was the first-time all season that Fitzpatrick did not throw for at least 400 yards in a game. Winston has gone 5 of 6 for 29 yards and an interception.

Bucs Head Coach Dirk Koetter may have decided to make the switch in an attempt to spark the offense. But right now, nothing appears to be working against this Khalil Mack-led Bears defense.

The Bears had 38 points in the first half against the Bucs defense. Prior to Sunday, they went 42 straight games without scoring 35 points in a game, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information.

The last-time the Bears scored 35 plus points in a game in Week 10 of the 2015 season when they won 37-13 over the St. Louis Rams. The Cleveland Browns have the longest active streak of 78 games.

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