Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears on October 8, 2020

Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ah, the old NFC Central foes. The Buccaneers didn't play the Chicago Bears last season, but had the past three years, going up to Chicago most recently in 2018. We won't go into everything that happened then, but the point is Tampa Bay will have a chance at redemption during Week Five.

The Bucs will take on the presumptive starter Nick Foles and the Bears on Thursday Night Football. It's the first of five primetime contests for the Bucs but luckily the only Thursday night game of the season.

Last year, Chicago's offense struggled in the production department. They put up just 17.5 points per game on offense. For comparison's sake, the Bucs put up 28.6 per game, ranking fourth in that category. It's the major reason the Bears decided to once again invest in the quarterback position, trading away a fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Foles. General Manager Ryan Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy had said that it will be an open competition between Foles and 2017 second-overall pick Mitch Trubisky, but many across the league are assuming the job is Foles' given Trubisky's lack of production over the past couple seasons.

WEEK 5 • THU 10/08 • FINAL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 - 2


Chicago Bears 4 - 1


History: Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

All Time Record (entering 2020 season): 20-39

Streaks: Bucs lost last meeting

Most Recent Matchup: Bucs lost on the road, 48-10

Players and Coaches to Know:

Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chicago Bears 2019 Record: 8-8

Scoring Offense: 29th (17.5 points per game)

Total Offense: 29th (296.8 total yards per game)

Rushing Offense: 27th (91.1 rushing yards per game)

Passing Offense: 25th (205.7 passing yards per game)

Scoring Defense: 4th (18.6 points allowed per game)

Total Defense: 8th (324.1 total yards allowed per game)

Rushing Defense: 9th (102.0 rushing yards allowed per game)

Passing Defense: 89h (222.1 passing yards allowed per game)

Turnover Margin: T-15th (0)

Bears' 2020 Draft Class: TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame (Round 2, 43rd overall), CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah (Round 2, 50th overall), DE Trevis Gipson, Tulsa (Round 5, 155th overall), CB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern (Round 5, 163rd overall), WR Darnell Mooney, Tulane (Round 5, 173rd overall), OT Arlington Hambright, Colorado (Round 7, 226th overall), G Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee St. (Round 7, 227th overall)

Key Veteran Additions: QB Nick Foles, TE Jimmy Graham, LB Robert Quinn, OL Germain Ifedi

Notable Departures: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, WR Taylor Gabriel, TE Trey Burton, OLB Leonard Floyd, CB Prince Amukamara, DT Nick Williams, QB Chase Daniel, OG Kyle Long (retired)