The Bears’ Nick Foles era could not have gotten to a worse start. For 60 minutes last Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts gave Chicago its first thorough beating of the 2020 season. No matter what the Bears tried, no matter what belief they may have had in themselves, the Colts had an answer. What new promise a new quarterback might have given the Bears on the whole was extinguished by a dynamic Indianapolis front seven. What proficiency a very good Bears’ defense possesses was unfortunately made irrelevant by a slow choke hold provided by the Colts’ control of the trenches.
And what was a 3-0 start (albeit not without flaws or blemishes) could be 3-2 within a span of five days as the budding contender Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the lakefront.
The main reason the Buccaneers could be construed as a contender is because of the illuminating presence of Tom Brady. Following the acquisition of the future First-Ballot Hall of Famer this past off-season (in his twilight years, no less), Tampa Bay is fancying itself a legitimate NFC player. A 3-1 start, with a recent five-touchdown performance on Brady’s part, makes that thought process seem much more viable. Though, to be fair, an explosive offense and a thriving defense would make anyone swell with confidence.
Needless to say, the Bears will have their hands full on Thursday night. If Nick Foles and company want to start the second quarter of their season on the right foot, they can’t afford a complete and competitive Buccaneers roster any breathing room.
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