In what so happens to be a crazy coincidence (not that both teams have been mediocre in their divisions, that’s definitely not it), the Bears play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the fifth straight season this September. There are rivalries in the NFL, and then there’s, well, whatever you call when Chicago and Tampa Bay have sparred of late.
Each of the past two meetings the Bears have had with the Buccaneers have resulted in embarrassing defeats for Chicago (36-10 in 2016, 29-7 in 2017) as they couldn’t quite handle Tampa Bay in the Florida sun. Notably, this has coincided with now fourth-year quarterback Jameis Winston having his way with undisciplined Bears teams in comparison to the subpar play he often puts out for the rest of the league. And, of course, Chicago generally coming out flat, as in many contests over the previous three years under John Fox.
With Matt Nagy in the fold, though, comes a new hope. With Nagy, more importantly, comes ideally not falling behind by multiple scores in a chorus of turnovers as the Bears have done recently against Tampa Bay.
Alex Salvarezza of Bucs Nation hopped on the latest WCG Radio to help preview the recent happenings with the Buccaneers and Winston (contract extension talks?), and discuss whether the Bears can turn the tide against their Florida “rivals.” Fortunately, after three straight meetings down south, the Buccaneers come to Chicago in the fall.
So, at least there’s baby steps in a start towards stemming the tide.
On this episode of WCG Radio
Bucs Nation’s Alex Salvarezza joins the show to preview the 2018 Buccaneers and determine how they match up with the Bears.
- Tampa Bay’s defense had minimal pass rush success in 2017, and alarmingly, James Winston regressed. All of this after major expectations. What happened last year?
- Winston antics: How many games can the Bucs withstand without their QB?
- Evaluating a Winston contract extension given his play and off-field issues
- DeSean Jackson disappointed last year as well: Any trade value or rebound in play?
- Where Tampa Bay fits in a tough NFC South
- From Jason Pierre-Paul to Vinny Curry, a productive free agency for the Bucs
- Vita Vea and a look at Tampa Bay’s draft
- Bears-Buccaneers preview: meeting for the fifth straight season, a potential shootout?
- Where can the Bears exploit Tampa Bay (hello, Allen Robinson)?
- What shoud Chicago be concerned about (hello, Mike Evans)?
- All things “LeBron Watch”
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron and Inside The Pylon, and is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly and The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.