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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears
Antony Auclair #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aaron Lynch #99 of the Chicago Bears get physical in the third quarter at Soldier Field on September 30, 2018
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Thompson’s Bears-Buccaneers Studs and Duds: Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel put on a show - The Blitz Network - Ladies and gentlemen, the Bears are 3-1 after their 48-10 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chicago sits atop the NFC North after four weeks of football. They couldn’t have made it happen in a more dominating fashion.

Zeglinski: Bears offense, Trubisky, finally take center stage against Tampa Bay - The Blitz Network - As he dropped back early in the first quarter on Sunday, Mitchell Trubisky took advantage of something the Bears offense hadn’t seen often early in the 2018 season: an easy play. Trey Burton was open down the sideline, nary a Buccaneers defender in sight, and all the young quarterback had to do was put it on his tight end. The throw came out late with a bit of a rainbow, but it turned into a 39-yard score. An easy play, that arrived in waves.

Finley: After Mitch Trubisky went 6 times 6, he hopes ‘this is where it all started’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw for five first-half touchdowns — to five different players.

Finley: Bears DE Akiem Hicks ejected for pushing official - Sun Times - Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks was ejected from Sunday’s game for pushing an official.

Campbell: Mitch Trubisky's lob to Allen Robinson the cream of a 6-TD crop - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky's 14-yard touchdown lob to Allen Robinson was the play of the game in the Bears' 48-10 drubbing of the Buccaneers.

Kane: Bears defense excited to see offense shine - 'It feels like we’re a complete team' - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense had three interceptions and four sacks Sunday and was amped up to celebrate the full-team, full-game effort.

Haugh: On Mitch Trubisky's special day, he makes Bears history and restores hope for the future - Chicago Tribune - On a day steeped in Bears history, Mitch Trubisky restored hope for the future at Halas Hall. On a big day in Chicago sports, the boldest headline belonged to the Bears: “Trubisky arrives.”

Wiederer: Mitch Trubisky’s explosion against the Bucs caps an exhilarating month for the Bears - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky stole the show in the Chicago Bears' 48-10 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. But the Bears' most lopsided home win since 1980 also offered a glimpse into just how complete this team may be and what it's big-picture potential truly is.

Kane & Campbell: Akiem Hicks faces fine, possible suspension for pushing game official during Bears' win - Chicago Tribune - Akiem Hicks faces a fine an possible suspension after he was ejected for pushing a game official Sunday in the Bears' 48-10 win over the Buccaneers.

Kane: Mitch Trubisky throws 6 TDs as Bears crush Buccaneers 48-10 - Chicago Tribune - Updates and key plays from the Bears' Week 4 matchup against the Buccaneers at Soldier Field.

Jahns: Bears vs. Bucs: RB Tarik Cohen breaks out for Matt Nagy's offense - Sun Times - Bears notebook: Running back Tarik Cohen stars, while rookie guard James Daniels gets his feet wet.

Jahns: Why the Bears saw QB Mitch Trubisky's breakout day coming - Sun Times - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw six touchdown passes against the Bucs on Sunday.

Potash: Khalil Mack, Bears defense make Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers' offense disappear - Sun Times - It remains to be seen how long Mack and the defense can sustain this level of effectiveness. For now, though, everybody is feeling it.

Morrissey: Mitch Trubisky's six TD passes lead Bears over Buccaneers - Sun Times - Six touchdown passes will pump up his confidence, lower his stress level and get rid of the Patrick Mahomes comparisons, at least for a week.

Perez: 4 takeaways from the Chicago Bears’ blowout win over Buccaneers - Bears Wire - A look at four key takeaways from the Chicago Bears' blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4

Cox: Studs and duds from Bears blowout win over Buccaneers in Week 4 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears' offense exploded against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Matt Nagy seemed to do no wrong in the Week 4 blowout.

Mullin: Bears “pretty good” performance in mauling Tampa Bay takes offense’s identity to new levels - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' offense took things to a new level in Sunday's blowout victory over the Buccaneers.

Stankevitz: Bears prove they have NFL's best defense in win over Tampa Bay - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense shined again on Sunday against a high-powered Buccaneers offense, with massive plays coming from both the top and bottom of the depth chart.

Stankevitz: Practice how you play - Why Bears knew Mitch Trubisky, offense would break out vs. Bucs - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' offense had their best week of practice leading up to Sunday's blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ellis: Mitchell Trubisky just had one of the best games in the history of Bears QBs - in one half - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky had one of the best performances in Bears history during the first half.

Watch Mitchell Trubisky throw 6 touchdowns in the Bears' blowout win over Tampa Bay - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky looked like an All-Universe QB in the first half. Here are all 6 of his touchdown throws.

Chicago Bears-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Postgame Show: Trubisky Steals the Show as Bears Blowout Bucs - Da Bears Brothers - Da Bears Brothers share their comprehensive game recap with their instant analysis and insight on the Bears Week 4 victory against Tampa Bay.

Hub Arkush: Bears offense finally gets to show off - Daily Herald - The Bears offense finally showed Sunday what it is capable of, even if it came against a lackluster defense.

Biggs: Bears' romp made possible by Bucs' horrific defense - Chicago Tribune - Bad defenses don’t leave receivers uncovered downfield as often as the Buccaneers did Sunday, and the Bears and Mitch Trubisky did what is expected. They pounced and then pounced again and never let up.

Bernstein: Hot Damn, Bears! - 670 The Score - Mitchell Trubisky had a historic performance as the Bears blew out the Bucs.

Bears’ Belief In Mitchell Trubisky Rewarded With Breakthrough - 670 The Score - Led by a historic day from Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears throttled the Bucs.

Mitchell Trubisky Throws For 6 TDs As Bears Rout Bucs, 48-10 - 670 The Score - Mitchell Trubisky threw for 354 yards as the Bears improved to 3-1.

Emma: Bears' Akiem Hicks Ejected From Game For Shoving Official - 670 The Score - Hicks is at risk of a suspension following his ejection from Sunday's game.

Eurich: Khalil Mack continues dominant trend with Bears - 247Sports - Lost in the shuffle on Sunday afternoon when Mitch Trubisky was throwing six touchdowns for the Chicago Bears, outside linebacker Khalil Mack was dominating on the defensive side of the football. In a strange way, Mack's ability to apply pressure and take down the quarterback has become commonplace in his first four games of the year. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4, Mack was firing on all cylinders once again with his new team.

Trubisky credits teammates for making win 'easy' for him - ESPN Video - Mitchell Trubisky credits his six touchdowns against the Buccaneers to his teammates, saying they made it "easy" for him.

Chicago Bears get creative with Mitchell Trubisky's fifth TD pass - ESPN - In a two-QB set, Mitchell Trubisky capped a five-touchdown first half with a flip to Taylor Gabriel for a score and a big lead on the Bucs.

Medina: The First-Place Bears Are Still in First Place - Bleacher Nation - Flying high entering the bye.

Game recap: Trubisky fuels rout of Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw six touchdown passes—tied for the second most in franchise history—to lead the Bears to an impressive 48-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at Soldier Field.

Inside slant: Defense dominates in blowout - ChicagoBears.com - Despite being overshadowed by a big offensive day, the Bears defense shined again Sunday, generating three takeaways and four sacks in a 48-10 drubbing of the Buccaneers at Soldier Field.

2-Minute Drill: Practice makes perfect for Trubisky - ChicagoBears.com - Mitchell Trubisky’s teammates and coaches agreed that his outstanding performance Sunday against the Buccaneers carried over from an equally-impressive red-zone practice Friday.

Kaufman: Pace discusses defense, scouts Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace spoke to play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM prior to Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

Smith: Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears dominate the Buccaneers – ProFootballTalk - Mitchell Trubisky had by far the best game of his young NFL career today in Chicago, as the Bears obliterated the Buccaneers in one of this season’s biggest blowouts.

Every great play from Mitchell Trubisky’s career day - Week 4 - NFL Videos - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky passes for over 350 yards and six touchdowns, and runs for 53 yards in a 48-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4 of NFL action.

Akiem Hicks ejected for making contact with official - NFL.com - Chicago Bears pass rusher Akiem Hicks was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for pushing an official.

BUCS

Jones' Bucs-Bears report card: Grading Tampa Bay’s 48-10 debacle in Chicago - TampaBay.com - Remember when you were a kid and you knew you were going to get a bad report card? So, on the Friday when report cards came out, you suddenly had a sore throat and upset stomach and a fever of 110 because you held the thermometer over a flame? All so you could buy a few days until you had to show your parents your awful report card?

Bassinger: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 48-10 loss - TampaBay.com - Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs’ 48-10 loss to the Bears on Sunday:139Points the Bucs allowed in their first four games, a team record for the first four games of a season. Tampa

Carving Station - Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News- JoeBucsFan.com - It was almost sickening to watch, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, at best an average quarterback, just carved the Bucs’ secondary apart like a roasted chicken.

Bucs HC Dirk Koetter after blowout loss: Fire everyone, including me - Bucs Wire - Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter got brutally honest after Sunday's embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears

Easterling: Instant analysis of Bucs’ 48-10 blowout loss vs. Bears - Bucs WIre - Breaking down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears

Bucs get embarrassed by Bears, suffer 48-10 blowout loss on the road - Bucs Wire - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got ran out of Soldier Field, falling 48-10 at the hands of the Chicago Bears

Easterling: Studs, duds from Bucs’ blowout loss vs. Bears - Bucs Wire - Check out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' best and worst performances from Sunday's embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears

Easterling: Jameis Winston replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick, quickly meets Khalil Mack - Bucs Wire - After replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second half, Jameis Winston was quickly introduced to Khalil Mack

Buccaneers vs Bears Recap: Bucs Get Mauled In Chicago, 48-10 - Bucs Nation - The Bucs now have a ton of questions as they enter the bye week.

It’s time to promote Buccaneers DL coach Brentson Buckner - Bucs Nation - Enough of this Mike Smith defense.

How the Buccaneers will beat the Chicago Bears - Bucs Nation - In a winnable game, here’s how Tampa Bay can seal the deal in their only NFC North match-up this season.

Ellis: Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter after loss to Bears: -"We should fire every person that was on that field today" - NBC Sports Chicago - After a 48-10 loss to the Bears, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter was not mincing words about his team's performance.

Bucs Stumble in Lopsided Loss to Bears - Buccaneers.com - Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky threw six touchdown passes in a 48-10 win over the visiting Buccaneers Sunday, while Tampa Bay's own high-powered offense struggled to find a rhythm and made a change at QB.

Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers vs. Bears - Buccaneers.com - The Bucs were handed their first road loss of the season by the Chicago Bears with a final score of 48-10 from Soldier Field.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lions-Cowboys final score: Defense can’t stop Dallas, lose on last-second FG, 26-24 - Pride Of Detroit - It just wasn’t enough and the Lions are 1-3.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Silverstein: Mitch Trubisky’s 6-touchdown day was historic - Windy City Gridiron - Money Mitch is the first Bear ever to toss five TDs in the first half.

Curl's 2018 NFL Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers postgame: Soldier Field witnesses Biskmagic as Trubisky leads Bears in 48 to 10 evisceration of Bucs - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears offense finally clicks against a weak Buccaneers secondary and this team looks beautifully balanced for the first time in far too long.

Da Story of Da Bears: How an ‘SNL’ Sketch Defined Sports Fandom - The Ringer - Chicago’s mustached, Mike Ditka–loving Super Fans became some of the most enduring characters in the history of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ And it all started at Wrigley Field.

2018 Chicago Bears New Feature Alert!!! - Windy City Gridiron - Our Andrew Link is going to be posting a video serious each week on WCG titled Mitch Please: A Video Diary

A pirate showdown: Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - Khalil Mack against Ryan Fitzpatrick. An unstoppable force against a movable object. Something will probably give.

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview: Keys to the Game - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are on a roll, but will the swashbuckling Fitz-Magic prevent the Bears from a winning record heading into the bye or can Mack & Co. take the chest of booty for themselves?

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