2020 Thursday Night Football preview: Buccaneers vs. Bears

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears will kick Week 5 on Thursday Night Football. The game will begin at 8:20 pm EST at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Both teams bring a 3-1 record into the contest. The Buccaneers; however, are 1-1 on the road in two games.

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery celebrates a fourth-quarter touchdown with his teammates against the Detroit Lions
David Montgomery celebrates a fourth-quarter touchdown with his teammates against the Detroit Lions (Getty Images)

The Bears are also 1-1 at home this season.

The Buccaneers offense is the 16th-best in the league, as they average 371.5 yards per game. The Bears defense is giving up 345.3 yards per contest, which is good for eighth-best.

Tampa Bay’s defense has greatly improved from last season. Presently, they have the fourth-best defensive unit at 312 yards per game.

The Bears offense is averaging 343.3 yards per contest. Matt Nagy’s offensive unit is just 24th-best in the league.

Nick Foles is expected to start the game. He replaced Mitchell Trubisky in their Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Chicago leads the all-time series between these two teams. The Bears have a 39-20 record against the Buccaneers.

In addition, the Bears have outscored the Buccaneers 1,279-962 in the series.

When the two teams play on Thursday Night Football, it’ll be their first meeting since Sept. 30, 2018. The Bears won that contest 48-10 in Chicago.

The Buccaneers have not won in the series since Sept. 17, 2017 when they won 29-7.

The Bears began their season with a three-game win streak, before losing to the Indianapolis Colts. On Oct. 4, they were defeated by the Colts 19-11.

Tampa Bay is on a three-game win streak after losing their first game of the season to the New Orleans Saints.

Tom Brady — who joined the team in the off-season after a very long career with the New England Patriots — has gone 101 of 155 for 1,122 yards. He has also thrown 11 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Brady threw five touchdowns in the team’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. This was the first-time since 2017 that he had a five touchdown game.

Ronald Jones II is leading the rushing attack with 57 carries for 253 yards and one touchdown. Scott Miller is leading the receivers with 15 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown.

Foles has gone 42 of 71 for 437 yards. He has thrown four touchdown passes and has had two interceptions.

Trubisky went 51 of 86 for 560 yards. The former No. 2 overall pick also had six touchdown passes and three interceptions.

David Montgomery has had 53 carries for 218 yards as the leading rusher. Allen Robinson II leads the receivers with 25 receptions for 331 yards and two touchdowns.

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