Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears Predictions, Odds & Picks

Buccaneers vs Bears Week 5 TNF

  • Bucs QB Tom Brady and his offense are beginning to click, but there are still hiccups
  • The Bears are still unsure of their QB, but that’s not their biggest obstacle vs the GOAT
  • These two NFC rivals played each other last during the 2018 season, Bears 48, Bucs 10

Buccaneers vs Bears Odds

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Team Point Spread Odds
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -5.5
Chicago Bears +5.5


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Buccaneers vs Bears Predictions and Picks

Until the GOAT Tom Brady eventually implodes, it is probably best to put your money on him rather than against him, because it appears that the old man still has plenty of fire left in the burner and these Bears are the perfect defensive team to prove that on.


Buccaneers -5.5 –110

How to Watch Buccaneers vs Bears

Buccaneers vs Bears Information
What Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears
Where Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
When Thu, October 8, 2020; 8:20 PM ET
How to watch AMZN, FOX, NFLN

In Week 4, Bucs QB Tom Brady through a familiar and ever scary pick-six that Bucs fans are only all too familiar with, yet still he figured out how to bring Tampa Bay their third victory in over the Chargers and now they get to face a Bears defense that will make a Week 5 victory tough.

Chicago needs to figure out who they are starting under center these days, with Week 4 starting QB Nick Foles posting the team’s only loss while the 3-0 Mitchell Trubisky sits on the sidelines watching, though his victories don’t reflect the shakiness of his performance so far.

The two NFC franchises have met each other 59 times, with the Chicago Bears winning 39 of those games and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning 20 of them.

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Can QB Tom Brady Continue to Evolve as a Buccaneer?

So far in his twenty-first NFL season, Tom Brady has 101 completions for 1122 yards and 11 touchdowns with 4 interceptions as he learns HC Bruce Arians style of offense and gets used to all the new playmakers he now has at his disposal.

Brady played for so long under Bill Belichick with the Patriots that it will most likely take him some time before he is able to adjust to the different style that Arians emphasizes.

What remains the same is Brady’s ability to get the ball out fast and avoid hits, making him more likely to last all the way to the playoffs, something that will seem more realistic if he picks apart this Bears secondary on Thursday night.

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Can the Bears Truly Contend Without a Solid Starting QB?

There are plenty of other issues that the Bears are dealing with in 2020 (like losing RB Tarik Cohen for the season and having LB Khalil Mack questionable for Week 5 with a knee injury) but who head coach Matt Nagy is starting as quarterback remains their main concern.

Will it be Nick Foles, who has thrown an interception in the last two games he has played in and who was under center during the team’s only loss?

Or will it be Mitch Trubisky, their supposed franchise QB who is struggling with three key interceptions and a completion percentage of 59.09, though he was starting during all three of their wins?

Buccaneers Key Player: (RT) Rookie Tristan Wirfs

The Buccaneers were extremely happy to have snagged RT Tristan Wirfs in the draft and he has become an instant starter on their offensive line.

So far, the Bucs have allowed their QB Tom Brady to be sacked five times in four games, not a bad total, but with Brady’s ‘advanced’ age, it would be best to keep those sacks to a minimum.

Wirfs will have a tough time on Thursday facing the Bears pass rushers, but it will be critical for Brady to have enough time to find a receiver and get rid of the ball.

Bears Key Player: (RB) David Montgomery

Bears running back David Montgomery is averaging 4.1 yards per carry right now and he has 53 of them for 218 yards on the ground, plus 9 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Chicago needs Montgomery to step up big time against Tampa Bay, who is ranked second in the league against the run and only allows opponents to rush for 64 yards per game.

With Tyrik Cohen injured it will be up to Montgomery to find a way through the Buccaneer’s thick front if they have any hope of using a rushing attack to counterbalance the pass to outscore the GOAT on Thursday night.

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