Week 5 Staff Predictions: Bears vs. Buccaneers

Well, it was a matter of time before the Chicago Bears suffered their first loss of the season, unfortunately, it came in Nick Foles’ first start with the franchise. Now, the Bears have a short week as they have to prepare for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.

Luckily for the Bears, the Bucs are going to be shorthanded as they will be missing the star wide receiver Chris Godwin and running back LeSean McCoy. Then wide receiver Mike Evans is listed as questionable and running back Leonard Fournette is listed as doubtful.

Unfortunately, the Bears have to deal with the G.O.A.T in Tom Brady and the struggling Bears offense has to face another solid defense. Perhaps not as good as the Indianapolis Colts No. 1 offense in the league, but good enough to keep the Bears offense frustrated.

Perhaps this could be a week that the Bears try something new on offense. The Bears are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown and head coach Matt Nagy has said they need to establish the run. Also, the Bears want to get the rookie tight end, Cole Kmet, more chances in games as he has one reception for 12 yards through four games.

Even though the Bears are 3-1, their three wins don’t bring much confidence to the fans, especially after a loss. If the Bears drop another game and fall to 3-2, the fan base might explode with anger, especially in a division where the Green Bay Packers are firing on all cylinders, and if the Bears lose, the separation between the two becomes a burden. 

It’s a must-win game for the Bears against the Buccaneers, so here are our WONC Sports staff’s predictions for Thursday Night Football.

StaffWinnerScore
Greg W. Bucs34-17
Lucas B.Bucs34-17
Sam C. Bucs35-17
Adrian M.Bucs24-18