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5 Buccaneers to Watch Against Chicago

A few Bucs to keep an eye on when Tampa Bay hosts Chicago in Week 10.

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

1. QB Jameis Winston
Winston's focus on protecting the football has paid off, with the Bucs quarterback throwing just one interception in his past four games. The Bears have been one of the league's least productive teams in terms of intercepting opposing quarterbacks, tallying just four picks in eight games. If Winston can finish Sunday's game without an interception, it will be his third-straight game without a pick.


  1. RB Mike James**
    Doug Martin returned to practice on Wednesday and said he is "optimistic" that he will return to action on Sunday against Chicago. Whether or not he is active on gameday has yet to be determined, though, and with Jacquizz Rodgers battling an injury and Antone Smith recently placed on injured reserve, James' number will likely be called often. In Week 9, after re-signing with the Buccaneers earlier that week, James had one carry and three receptions. 

3. CB Brent Grimes
Grimes could find himself guarding Alshon Jeffery, presenting yet another matchup between Grimes and a big-bodied receiver. Jeffery is five inches taller than Grimes, but Grimes has been tested by taller receivers often this season. He's already played two games against Julio Jones, along with Larry Fitzgerald, Kelvin Benjamin and Demaryius Thomas.


  1. OT Demar Dotson**
    Dotson could find himself responsible for blocking Akiem Hicks, Chicago's standout defensive end. According to Pro Football Focus, Hicks was the Bears' third-best player a week ago. Hicks, a six-year veteran, is on his way to posting a career high in sacks this season. His previous high was 4.5 sacks and he already has four thus far. Hicks could be matched up with Ali Marpet as well in the Bears' 3-4 defense.

5. LB Lavonte David
Under a new defensive system, David isn't seeing the type of production that he's been used to in years past. He has 44 tackles, which are tied for the third-most on the team. David has proven capable of performing like a top-tier linebacker, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl a year ago. As he gains more experience playing under Mike Smith, expect his production to ramp up. 

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