In the Philadelphia Eagles illustrious history, never did we think that a back-up quarterback would win the franchise's first title, let alone against the greatest quarterback of all time. But that's exactly what happened in Super Bowl LII when Nick Foles and the Eagles beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. This time around things are very different. Both QBs are definitively the starters of their teams and also both quarterbacks have something to prove.
Before, Foles was the only one that had something to prove. After a slow start, Brady is still trying to prove that he made the right decision leaving New England to see if he could win on his own without Bill Belichick. While they stumbled out of the gate, the Bucs and Brady are gelling and look more in sync (best boy band ever, sorry not sorry Backstreet Boys) after winning three in a row. The Bears led by Foles stumbled against the Colts. Was it too early to pull Mitch Trubisky from the starting role? We'll have a clearer picture come Thursday night.
What TV Channel is Buccaneers-Bears on?
Buccaneers-Bears will be shown on FOX and NFL Network at 8:20 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Buccaneers-Bears
When: Thursday, October 8
Where: Soldier Field - Chicago, IL
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: FOX & NFL Network
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NFL free with fuboTV)
When Trubisky was replaced in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3, it kind of made some sense. Trubisky couldn't get much going on offense and the Bears seemed stagnant. They were in serious danger of losing to a bad Atlanta team. Foles led a comeback from a 16-point deficit. That win solidified Foles starting role but that decision came under question when Foles only threw for a touchdown and the Bears only scored 11 points last week against the Colts. The Bears defense only gave up 19. Certainly the Buccaneers will score more than that. Chicago will need Super Bowl Foles to even compete with the Bucs who haven't remotely been stopped on offense in their last three games.
Trubisky led a comeback of his own in Week 1 against the Lions but came out flat in Week 2 barely beating a terrible Giants team. If the Bears can't get anything going offensively against Tampa Bay, calls for Foles jobs may get louder. All to say, once again the Bears are unable to get adequate quarterback play. Cam Newton wasn't signed until June of this year. They have no excuse not signing Newton and it looks like the Bears will have to go back to the drawing board all over again. They've shown no history that they're good drawers.
The biggest question for the Bucs is who is going to start at running back. Brady made a resilient comeback against the LA Chargers last week. The Bears defense will be more stout than the Chargers but the Bucs offense is better than the Colts who soundly beat the Bears. It isn't hard to imagine this Bucs offense can score enough. LeSean McCoy, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette are ruled out though. More pressure is going to be on Ronald Jones II and Mike Evans. Both picked up the slack in Week 4. The Bucs should be favored here even having to travel on a short week.
Thankfully Thursday Night Football is between two 3-1 teams and should be a better showcase of talent. For Weeks 2 and 3 it was between two in-state rivals (Ohio and Florida respectively) and then between the previously winless Broncos and Jets. The level of play has significantly increased this week and it will be fun to see how these two quarterbacks fare in their first meeting since that Super Bowl two seasons ago.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears Betting Odds
Buccaneers Odds: -3.5
Bears Odds: +3.5
Money Line: Buccaneers -185 - Bears +165