Chicago Bears: Predicting an undefeated September in 2018

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Week 4: Home against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Keys to the game

Protect the quarterback

The Buccaneers could come into Week 4 boasting one of the league-leading front fours. They certainly focused on their defensive line throughout the offseason, adding both Vita Vea through the draft, Jason Pierre-Paul via trade with the New York Giants as well as Vinny Curry, a reigning Super Bowl champion.

This front four also includes a stud like Gerald McCoy, so the Bears’ offensive line will have its hands full. Offensively, it all starts up front. This is not a line to mess with, so the Bears could likely end up using multiple tight end sets early and often, in order to buy Trubisky a bit more time.

Take advantage of the rust

Jameis Winston will be making his first start of the season in this one, following a 3-game suspension. Most players, regardless of position, are a bit rusty coming back into their first game action following a long drought, and this time, the drought includes the offseason as well as three regular season games.

Winston has been known to make a few bonehead decisions throughout his career, and if the Bears can rattle him a bit, they’re likely to come up with a couple of turnovers at minimum.

Keep a blanket on the weapons

Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson present different problems, but this defense cannot forget about Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin. Who knows which running back will be lining up as the starter, but the weapons are there in the passing game.

Evans is a task to try and contain, especially on jump balls. Kyle Fuller will have quite the day trying to shut him down, while Jackson’s speed is always something to look out for.

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It’s a common theme in the game of football, but if the Bears generate a pass rush, this makes the job easier on the back end. If someone like Evans gets going, it could be a long game.

Fortunately for the Bears, I don’t think Winston is going to come back guns blazing, and the Bears’ defense will already be one of the top units in football at that point. Count it up — that’s 4-0.