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3 Keys to Defeating the Chicago Bears

Three things the Buccaneers must do this weekend to come out with a victory.

Pictures of the Top 10 Bears in Week 8, according to their Pro Football Focus player grade.

1. Improve on the back end.
Through nine weeks, the Bears' offense has gone to the air much more often than rushing the ball and has been successful is doing so. Chicago currently averages 259 passing yards per game, the 12th-highest average in the league. The team has used both Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer this year, with both players earning a passer rating of 85 or better. Cutler is expected to start after completing 64.5% of his passes a week ago. Comparatively, the Bears average just 97 rushing yards per game, the ninth-fewest in the league, although they have the third-fewest attempts.


  1. Get Mike Evans the ball.**
    During his press conference on Wednesday, Jameis Winston acknowledged what everybody already knew: Mike Evans is the Bucs' go-to target and will be double-covered the majority of the time. Despite the extra attention he's drawn, Evans current leads the NFL in touchdown receptions with eight. Although they have allowed 238 passing yards per game, No. 21 among NFL teams, the Bears have given up just 11 passing touchdowns on the year. It will be an interesting matchup to see Evans, one of the league's most productive red zone targets, match up against a Bears defense that has allowed touchdowns on 40% of opponents' trips to the red zone in their past four games. Of his eight touchdowns, five have come in the red zone. Evans is in the NFL's concussion protocol but has been on the practice field this week.

3. Continue to protect the football.
After a slow start to the season, Jameis Winston has thrown just one interception in his past four games. And while Winston has been successful protecting the football, the Bears have had trouble taking it away. Heading into Week 10, Chicago has just four interceptions, which are tied for the second-fewest in the league. Tracy Porter has two of the Bears' picks this year, while Jacoby Glenn and Deiondre' Hall each have one.

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