Despite six combined wins between both teams, there are several storylines heading into Sunday’s game.
Chicago must stay patient against Tampa Bay’s Cover-2 defense.
New Bear Marc Mariani is the team’s fourth returner in 11 games.
Tampa Bay will try to isolate big receiver Mike Evans and let him win 50/50 jump balls.
Matt Forte is ready for whatever workload the coaching staff needs him to take.
Jay Cutler hopes last week’s wrinkle in the game plan continues.
Tampa Bay’s defense is designed to make foes dink and dunk their way downfield.
It’s an all-22 look at how the Bears have attacked the Tampa-2 this year.
Phil Emery gave the Bears a mission statement when he fired Lovie Smith.
Plus, Lance Briggs says Lovie Smith “should be remembered as one of the great coaches in Chicago.”
“I don’t need anything validated this week,” Smith says.
“He’s trying to change the culture down there,” Urlacher says of Smith in Tampa Bay.
A preseason sleeper, the Bucs’ 2-8 start has been a major disappointment.
Bears center Roberto Garza played his 200th career game on Sunday.
Chicago has signed Marc Mariani and waived Ahmad Dixon.
Sunday was a workman-like win for Chicago, which was a step in the right direction.
Brandon Marshall isn’t under any illusions about Sunday’s winning performance.
Check out how Matt Spiegel and Patrick Mannelly performed.
Chicago beat an inferior opponent at home, which is what teams are supposed to do.
One Bear you can always count on? Matt Forte, through good times and bad.