MATCHUP: Chicago Bears (1-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5)
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
WHEN: Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. ET
TV ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Slater and J.C. Pearson
RADIO: WDAE, Flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Scot Brantley
LAST WEEK: The Chicago Bears lost at home to the Washington Redskins last Sunday, 13-10. The Bears managed just 160 yards of total offense, but running back Thomas Jones rushed for 97 yards on 24 carries (4.0 avg.). Bears quarterback Jonathan Quinn completed just 10-of-22 passes. Chicago allowed four sacks and produced just nine first downs while crossing midfield just three times. The Bears’ defense scored the team’s only touchdown in the third quarter when cornerback Jerry Azumah picked off Redskins QB Mark Brunell and returned it 70 yards for the score.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football, 28-21. The visiting Bucs produced 336 yards of total offense, but two fumbles inside the Rams’ red zone, two missed field goals by kicker Martin Gramatica and a botched quarterback-center exchange, which resulted in a fumble on Tampa Bay’s own 5-yard line, proved to be costly mistakes. Bucs rookie wide receiver Michael Clayton recorded eight catches for 142 yards. Defensive end Greg Spires notched two sacks, one of which forced Rams QB Marc Bulger to fumble and set up a score for the Bucs offense.
THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: December 29, 2002: The Bucs and Bears last clashed in Chicago in their last meeting and the Bucs beat the Bears in that Sunday Night Football contest, 15-0.
BUCS-BEARS SERIES: Tampa Bay is 16-33 all-time against Chicago, including 11-14 in games played in Tampa.
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