Chicago Bears (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS, 0-1 O/U) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)
NCAAF: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET
The Line: Buccaneers -7
The Bears put up a valiant effort in their season opener losing in a close game against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. Their D played well in the game keeping the high-octane Atlanta offense to 23 points and they head to the Sunshine State to face the Bucs, who are playing in their first game of the season.
Tampa Bay’s first game of the season was postponed due to Hurricane Irma and they will have a big home field advantage from a state looking to get over the hurricane. The Bucs have high hopes this season with 3rd year QB Jameis Winston, who passed for over 4,000 yards last season and has some new weapons at his disposal.
These teams met last season in Tampa Bay where the Bucs laid a 36-10 beat down on the Bears.
Letting it go in the 4th quarter
The Bears lost to the Falcons in the season opener and gave up 10 points in the 4th quarter including giving up an 88-yard TD pass. The Bears held the Falcons to 372 yards and they only allowed 64 rushing yards. Mike Glennon was not bad going 26 for 40 for 213 yards with a TD and and no INT, but he only averaged 5,3 yards per completion. Four players for Chicago had at least 31 receiving yards and Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard combined for 118 yards with 46 coming on one run from Cohen. One major concern is still at the WR position, as leading receiver Cameron Meredith is already out for the season with a knee injury and in Week 1 they lost Kevin White for the season. For Chicago to pull off the upset they will have to rely on their defense, as they will not be lighting up the scoreboard.
The Bucs have legit playoff aspirations last season after winning nine games last season and making some solid off-season additions such as big play WR DeSean Jackson. Tampa Bay won their last four games of last season and look to keep up their momentum. One thing going against them in this game is they are without RB Doug Martin, who is suspended for the first three games of the season. Jacquizz Rodgers led the team in rushing last season and will be the primary back in this game and some of the other guys will have to help Jameis Winston out. The Bucs D ranked in the middle of the pack last season, but they had the 2nd mist INT in the NFL and had the 10th most sacks. If they can stop the run in this game they will have a great chance to win, as Chicago will lean on the ground game to keep it a low scoring affair.
The Chicago Bears are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 2
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games
- 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in September
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are:
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 2
- 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record
The Bucs are chomping at the bit to get on the field and that is not good for the Bears. Chicago’s defense played well in the opening loss to the Falcons, but Winston will light them up in this game. Tampa Bay crushed Chicago in their house last season and look for the same result this season, as the Buccaneers will win and cover the spread.