Bucs vs Bears: Instant Reaction

Published by Cory Hays on

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to Chicago to face the Bears in a battle of the 2-1 teams. This would be a very long game for Buccaneers fans. Lets get started.


Ryan Fitzpatrick was absolutely horrible this game. He began the game as the starter with Jameis Winston as the backup. Fitzpatrick finished 9 for 18 for 126 yards, 0 TDs and 1 Interception. He was pulled for Jameis Winston to begin the second half. Jameis Winston entered the game and completed 5 of his first 6 games. Winston ended the game 16 for 20 for 145 yards, 1 Touchdown and 2 Interceptions. 1 of the 2 Interceptions was the result of the Offensive Line allowing pressure to hit Winston’s hand from behind. Winston looks to be the starter from this point forward.

The Bears were rolling as the Steelers did last week. Mitch Trubisky absolutely lit up the Buccaneers secondary. Trubisky finished the game 19 for 26 for 354 yards and 6 Touchdowns. 5 of Trubisky’s Touchdown passes came in the first half. Trubisky ended the game with a passer rating of 154.7.


Peyton Barber rushed 7 times for 24 yards. His longest run was 12 yards. Rookie Ronald Jones made his debut this game and rushed 10 times for 29 yards. Jameis Winston got in on the rushing action as well evading pressure with 1 rush for 7 yards.

The Bears running game was all over the place this game. Multiple players got touches out of the backfield. Mitch Trubisky and Tarik Cohen both had 53 yards rushing. Trubisky did it in 3 carries while Cohen did it in 13. Jordan Howard rushed 11 times for 25 yards. Receiver Taylor Gabriel rushed 1 time for 10 yards. Overall, the Bears rushed for 139 yards as a team.


DeSean Jackson was the best Buccaneers receiver today. Jackson finished the game with 5 catches for 112 yards. Mike Evans had 6 catches for 59 yards. Adam Humphries had 6 catches for 36 yards. Cameron Brate had 3 catches for 29 yards and a Touchdown. Chris Godwin had 2 catches for 22 yards. The receiving core was not the same as the first 3 weeks of the season.

Tarik Cohen catching out of the backfield killed the Buccaneers Defense. Cohen finished with 7 catches for 121 yards and a Touchdown. Taylor Gabriel used his speed to his advantage as he finished with 7 catches for 104 yards and 2 Touchdowns. Trey Burton had 2 catches for 86 yards which included a 47 yard Touchdown to kick off the game. Allen Robinson had 2 catches for 23 yards and a Touchdown and Joshua Bellamy had 1 catch and a Touchdown. The receiving core of Chicago didn’t look scary on paper but they lit the Buccaneers apart.


Tampa Bay’s Offensive Line was very very bad against Chicago. They allowed 4 sacks to the Bears Defense which has become very scary with the addition of Khalil Mack. Demar Dotson and Caleb Benenoch had their hands full and it showed. The Buccaneers Offensive Line seems to struggle against 3-4 Defenses.

The Bears Offensive Line stepped up to the plate against the Buccaneers Defense. The Offensive Line only gave up 1 sack to the Buccaneers Defense. It was a mismatch from the beginning and they allowed Mitch Trubisky to tear into Mike Smith’s Defense.


The Buccaneers Defensive Line did not seem to get a lot of pressure today. Jason Pierre-Paul was the standout from the Line as he had the lone sack of the game and 7 total tackles. Pierre-Paul has 4 sacks on the season and continues to show why he was a great signing in the offseason. Vinny Curry finished with 4 tackles and Gerald McCoy and Carl Nassib each finished with 2 tackles.

The Bears Defensive Line was exactly what we expected. Khalil Mack and the rest of the crew just took it to the Bucs offense. Mack lining up as a Defensive End and Linebacker had 4 tackles which included a sack but was disrupting the Buccaneers backfield all day. Bilal Nichols finished with 4 tackles as well including 0.5 sacks. This Defensive Line will be scary for the rest of the season.


The Buccaneers Linebackers did not have the best of games. Lavonte David finished with 6 tackles and Kwon Alexander and Adarius Taylor finished with 2 tackles each. The Linebackers could not cover the middle of the field at all today.

The Bears Linebackers made a big impact today. Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan each had 4 tackles. Trevathan also had an Interception. Aaron Lynch finished with 3 tackles and an Interception.


The Buccaneers DBs played absolutely atrocious today. Any time a Bears receiver ran a route, it seemed that they were open. A lot of broken coverages and 1 on 1’s gave the Bears an opportunity to pick on them all game long. 48 points allowed by this secondary was not good. Isaiah Johnson finished with 5 tackles to lead the secondary. Brent Grimes finished with 4 and was on the sideline when the game was winding down. The Buccaneers coaching staff put in Ryan Smith after not playing him last week. There’s a lot of secondary adjustments that need to be made and soon.

The Bears Defensive Backs felt like they had a field day today against our receivers. The Bears were without Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper for this game. Kevin Toliver and Kyle Fuller stepped up with 7 tackles and 4 tackles.


Bryan Anger punted the ball 5 times for 214 yards with an average of 42.8 yards a punt. It seemed like Anger was out on the field a lot more than 5 times because of the way the Offense showed up. Chandler Catanzaro went 1 for 1 on Field Goals from 30 yards and 1 for 1 on Extra Points. DeSean Jackson ran back 1 punt for 2 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers ran back 1 kick for 21 yards.

Pat O’Donnell punted 2 times for 96 yards with an average of 48 yards a punt. Cody Parkey went 2 for 2 on Field Goals and 6 for 6 on Extra Points. Tarik Cohen returned 3 punts for 14 yards. Benny Cunningham returned 1 kick for 28 yards.


The Buccaneers were absolutely flat this entire game. The Defense looked the worst that I have ever seen watching the Bucs. No defenders could even stay with the Bears receivers and runners today. The Bucs Defense has given up 139 points through 4 games which is the most in franchise history and most in the NFL this season. The common denominator of this horrific showing by the Defense is Mike Smith. The scheme Mike Smith is running doesn’t work in today’s NFL. Plenty of people are calling for Mike Smith to be fired this week. Dirk Koetter has said that he would fire anybody on the field today including himself. The Bucs head into the Bye Week 2-2 and will face Atlanta in 2 weeks on October 14th.

1 Comment

Marlon Williams · September 30, 2018 at 10:12 PM

Great read Cory. Nice breakdown in the positions. Hopefully they can make the neccessary changes over the bye week. Hopefully!!!

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