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3 Keys to Defeating the Chicago Bears

Three things for the Buccaneers to focus on when they host the Bears this weekend.

1. Lean on Doug Martin.
The Bears have one of the best pass defenses in the league. Through 14 games, Chicago gives up an average of 216 passing yards per game, the third-fewest. But the team has been less successful defending against the run, giving up 125.9 yards per game, which are the seventh-most in the NFL. Martin has the second-most rushing yards in the league and should have his number called early and often as the Buccaneers take the field for their final home game of 2015.

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has steadily performed well this season with help from two of the NFL's most dangerous offensive weapons. Forte has nearly 800 yards this season and would be on pace to reach 1,000 had he not missed three games with an injury. He is also averaging four yards per carry. Although Jeffery has battled a hamstring issue for most of the season, he's still the Bears' leading receiver by far. His 807 receiving yards are nearly double any other Bears receiver and he's also the team-leader in touchdowns with four. For the Buccaneers to have success on Sunday, they must slow down both of these players.

3. Protect the football.
It is crucial for the Buccaneers to win the turnover battle and they will have a prime opportunity to do so against Chicago. The Bears are one of the worst teams in the league at forcing interceptions. They have just seven thus far, tied for the fourth-fewest of any team.

Photos of the Bears' starters via team depth chart.

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