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Buccaneers at Bears: Five Bold Predictions

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Buccaneers at Bears: Five Bold Predictions
March 13, 2019 11:13PM
Ah yes Authentic Ryan Smith Jersey , good ol’ Chicago.The Bucs have deep history in the Windy City, going back back to the days when the Bucs and Bears were in the NFC Central division before the 2002 realignment. Though there is plenty of history between the franchises, these two teams don’t know much about each other.That should make for a fun game on Sunday. These five predictions will make it even better. 1. Khalil Mack records a season-high in sacks (Evan)Yea, this sucks. The Bucs were terrible against the Steelers’ pass rush last week and I don’t see it getting any better going on the road during a short week. This isn’t a knock against the Bucs’ offensive line nor the coaching staff, but Mack is on another level when it comes to his skill and athleticism. Tampa Bay had issues with lesser skilled players last week, so why wouldn’t Mack give them trouble?The hope is that when he does eventually get to Fitzpatrick/Winston that he doesn’t hurt one of them nor cause a turnover. Demar Dotson and Donovan Smith will need to be at their best on Sunday. Mack had two sacks against the Cardinals last weekend and I think he improves on that number this week.2. The Bucs hold the Bears to under 300 total yards (Evan)Tampa Bay’s defense has improved each week and this week feels like the perfect opportunity to showcase just that.After the Week 1 shootout with the Saints, they held the Eagles to 21 points and rendered the Steelers scoreless in the second half. They recorded three sacks in each game and are one of the league’s leaders in quarterback pressures.Can Mitchell Trubisky have the game of his life against the Bucs?Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images The Bears aren’t the model of offensive excellence, either. They are near the bottom in terms of passing yards and are solid at running the ball, but it’s not enough to displace the passing game woes. There should be seven defenders in the box for most of the game and the Bucs are competent enough at corner to hold their own against the not-so-talented receiving corps of Chicago. The Bears have already been held to under 300 total yards twice against the Packers and the Seahawks. In all, it should be a good day for the defense. 3. Jason Pierre Paul adds another two sacks to his total (Alex)JPP has been the Buccaneers best defensive lineman this season and it really hasn’t been close. Jason Licht sacrificed a third-round pick for him and so far he is getting a massive return. Pierre Paul already has more sacks this season then any other Buccaneer defensive end had last season and he is also second in the league in terms of QB hits with 8. He is noticeable on almost every down, something Buccaneer fans haven’t seen since the days of Simeon Rice. JPP is on his way to a double digit sack total this season. 4. Mike Evans dominates... again (Alex)When the conversation starts on the best receivers in the league, Mike Evans is rarely brought up. There is no question that Evans is at least a top five receiver, but he has been on another level through three games this season and he is coming for that number one spot. He is too big http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-jensen-jersey , too quick and has added much needed speed down the field this season. It really doesn’t matter what you do, he is impossible to defend and a nightmare for defenses. Evans, will probably be matched up on Kyle Fuller, who is the Bears #1 cornerback for most of the game, but I don’t expect it to have much of an effect. Mike Evans stat line: 9 catches, 145 yards, 2 touchdowns 5. Chandler Catanzaro is perfect... AGAIN (Evan)Maaaaan, I’m going out on a limb on this one.Alex was crazy enough to predict that he would hit all of his kicks last week and he did. It will be even harder to do so this week in Chicago, but I think it will be done. A kicker’s mentality can be as frail as Chris Baker, but when they are confident, it’s hard to shake them out of said confidence. Catanzaro does it again this week as the Bucs win by a field goal. What an ugly two weeks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s really all you can say. After fighting back to get to 3-3 against Cleveland, the Bucs have fallen right on their faces in losses to Cincinnati and Carolina. Losses this team couldn’t afford. Plain and simple, they’ve started slowly in each of the last two games and that’s led to Tampa Bay’s demise. With the state of the defense Womens Chris Godwin Jersey , Tampa Bay’s offense has to get off to better starts.Instead, they’ve been limited to 9 and 14 points in the first half while scoring zero points in the first quarter in the defeats to the Bengals and Panthers. It’s an area that the coaching staff should hone in on going forward. Winners1. Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries had his best game of the season against Carolina and scored his first two touchdowns of 2018. The former Clemson star caught eight passes on his eight targets for 82 yards and two scores. He also rushed once for seven yards. It’s the second straight game where Humphries has found himself heavily involved in the passing attack. He has recorded 76+ yards in three of the last four games. Humphries has been a nice check down target for both Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick. 2. Carl NassibThe former Hard Knocks personality has been a nice addition to a struggling Buccaneers defense. After starting against Cleveland and Cincinnati, Nassib was back in his reserve role with Vinny Curry healthy.That didn’t stop him from making an impact. Nassib made a tackle on third down on the Panthers first possession to force a three and out. Later, he had a sack on Cam Newton that helped Tampa Bay force its second straight three and out to begin the second half.Nassib has recorded his only three sacks of the 2018 season in the last three games. 3. O.J. HowardOJ Howard had the second multi-touchdown game of his career on Sunday against the Panthers. The only other time he did it was back during his rookie year in a loss to Buffalo.Howard caught four passes for 53 yards and two scores against Carolina. Surprisingly, it was his lowest output thus far in 2018 as the tight end is beginning to develop into a consistent threat for the Bucs.He’s on pace for 56 catches, 944 yards, and 10 touchdowns. That’d be around the numbers of some of the top tight ends in the league. Losers1. Mark DuffnerTampa Bay’s defense played great against Cleveland in its first game with Duffner at the helm. They allowed no points in the first half and the Browns only scored due to a safety. The game would wind up going in the Bucs favor, 26-23.Since then, wow, they’ve reverted back to their Mike Smith form. Tampa Bay’s defense allowed 27 points in the first half to Cincinnati and a whopping 35 to Carolina. Fun fact, in five losses this season, the Buccaneers have allowed at least 24 points in the opening half. In the three wins? They’ve allowed 24 points in the first half just once.Something has got to change, because right now Authentic DeSean Jackson Jersey , Tampa Bay is on pace to fire its second defensive coordinator of the season. 2. Dirk KoetterThe Buccaneers are currently in last place in the NFC South and sit at No. 12 in the conference. This season hasn’t gone anything like Dirk Koetter or his staff planned for. At the halfway point, Tampa Bay has already piled up five losses. Despite a high-octane offense, the defense is just too porous to have success. It feels like it’s been a year since the Bucs were 2-0 under the leadership of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Since then, things have turned into a disaster. A week after Koetter benched Jameis Winston for throwing four interceptions as the offense scored just nine points in the first half, his team wasn’t any better against Carolina. Tampa Bay started out down 35-7 before scoring another touchdown with 15 seconds left in the half.With the way things have gone, it doesn’t feel like Koetter will be here after the season unless the Buccaneers have a miraculous turnaround. One can dream, right? 3. Mike EvansAs bad as Tampa Bay’s offense was, it couldn’t get its best receiver involved to try and stem the tide. Mike Evans caught just one of his 10 targets for 16 yards against Carolina. for the 6-foot-5 receiver, it was one of the worst games of his career. It was just the third time in his 60 games that Evans has had one or less catch. It was only the fourth time that he’s ever had 16 or fewer yards in a game. While hopefully it was an anomaly, it’s concerning to see Evans have this type of performance against a defense that got picked on by other elite receivers.
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