The Buccaneers will visit the Bears for the first time since 2014, though this will mark the fifth consecutive season the two teams will face off. The Bucs have won the last two contests at Raymond James Stadium and will be looking for their first road win against the Bears since 2008.
The matchup pegs the league's best offense with one of the league's top-ranked defenses. Chicago ranks fifth in total defense but owns the second spot in stopping the run. Tampa Bay has struggled to get their ground game involved through three games this season and while it remains a point of emphasis, it may continue to have better luck through the air. The Bears rank 28th in passing defense and one of their difference makers in the secondary, cornerback Prince Amukamara, has been held out of practice all week.
Still, the Bucs offense will face maybe its toughest challenge yet in the Bears' defense. Not only are they good at stopping the run, but they rank first in sacks with a whopping 14.0 through three games. It's an old football adage that 'The game is won at the line of scrimmage,' one that happens to be one of Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith's favorites, but it'll be especially true for this game as the Bucs' offensive line will have to protect against Chicago's 'Monster' front-seven.
It's all going down on Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m. (ET), 12 p.m. (CT). See below for how to catch the game in your area.
How to Watch:
Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman
FOX NFL Sunday
WTVT (FOX/13 - Tampa)
*Local market only
How to Listen:
Gene Deckerhoff, Dave Moore, T.J. Rives
98ROCK (97.9FM - Tampa)
The Game (96.9FM and 740AM - Orlando/Melbourne)
ESPN Southwest Florida (99.3FM - Ft. Myers/Naples/Punta Gorda)
THE BLAZE (103.1FM - Ft. Walton/Pensacola)
WSTU (1450AM - Port St. Lucie)
Citrus (95.3FM - Homosassa)
ESPN Tallahassee (97.9FM - Tallahassee)
The Boot (103.9FM - Brooksville)
Talk (96.7FM and 1430AM - Lakeland)
Sirius/XM Channel 88
On the Bucs Official App*
*Access restricted to Tampa area