Matchup: Chicago Bears (7-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3)
Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
When: Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. ET
VegasInsider.com Spread: Bucs by 3
TV Announcers: Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger
Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Radio Announcers: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley
Last Week: The Chicago Bears defended their home turf last Sunday by downing the Carolina Panthers in convincing fashion, 13-3. The Bears defense sacked Panthers QB Jake Delhomme eight times, and CB Nathan Vasher intercepted him twice en route to a suffocating defensive performance. Carolina WR Steve Smith caught 14 passes for 169 yards. Bears QB Kyle Orton completed 15-of-26 passes for 136 yards and tossed one touchdown and one interception while RB Thomas Jones rushed 25 times for 87 yards (3.5 avg.). Receivers Justin Gage and Mushin Muhammad combined for 13 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers escaped Atlanta last Sunday with a 30-27 win over the Falcons. Atlanta produced 443 yards of total offense, much of which came on the ground, where the Falcons rushed 36 times for 150 yards (4.2 avg.) and a touchdown. Falcons QB Michael Vick completed 21-of-38 passes for 306 yards and tossed two touchdown en route to helping the offense convert 11-of-17 third down attempts. However, Tampa Bay’s defense recorded three sacks, including one by DE Simeon Rice that forced a fumble in the end zone. Bucs DT Anthony McFarland recovered the loose ball for a score. Tampa Bay RB Cadillac Williams rushed for 116 yards on 19 carries and scored a 9-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Kicker Matt Bryant drilled 3-of-3 field goals, including the 45-yard game-winner with less than one minute remaining in the contest.
Covers.com Injury Report:
Bucs: TE Anthony Becht (knee), T Anthony Davis (ankle) and safeties Will Allen (knee) and Dexter Jackson (hamstring) are questionable.
Bears: QB Rex Grossman (ankle) is questionable. WR Airese Curry (hamstring) is doubtful. RB Cedric Benson (knee) and WR Bernard Berrian (thumb) are out.
The Last Time These Two Teams Met: Tampa Bay and Chicago last met in October of 2004. The Buccaneers sent the Bears home with a 19-7 loss.
Bucs-Bears Series: Tampa Bay is 17-33 all-time in the regular season vs. Chicago. The Bucs are 12-14 at home vs. the Bears.
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