The Bucs defense was the big story in their 38-3 throttling of the Chicago Bears. Five turnovers by the defense, along with four sacks, put the Bears offense in hibernation. The game proved to be a turning point for penalties and mental mistakes for the team. Zero turnovers and only one penalty helped propel the Bucs to a convincing win.

Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns on the day, on 20-36 and 211 yards. Brady’s 4-touchdown performance was the 37th of his career, tying Drew Brees for most all-time. Chris Godwin led all receivers with eight grabs for 111 yards and a score. While Mike Evans had six receptions for 76 yards and three touchdowns. The running game, led by Leonard Fournette’s 81 yards, went for 182 yards.

Injuries struck the Bucs secondary once again. Cornerback Dee Delaney left in the early in the second half and wouldn’t return with an ankle injury. While Jamel Dean left in the fourth with a shoulder injury.

The Bears received the ball first and the Bucs defense got to Justin Fields right away. Antoine Winfield Jr made his presence felt in his return with a strip sack. Chicago recovered, but punted on the drive. Jaelon Darden took the return 43 yards to set the Bucs up at the Bears 32-yard line. Three plays later, Fournette pounded it in from the 2-yard line for the early score.

After an exchange of punts, Dee Delaney came up with a huge third down interception off Fields with pressure closing in. A big gain on the drive by Godwin was rewarded by Brady when the quarterback found him in the end zone from four yards out.

The Bucs defense got right back to work against the Bears. Shaq Barrett’s strip-sack of Fields was recovered by Vita Vea at the Chicago 35-yard line. With another short field, the Bucs scored yet again. Brady delivered a strike to Evans from nine yards out for his 600th career touchdown pass and a 21-0 lead.

After another pair of punts, the Bucs defense got home again. This time Jason Pierre-Paul with the strip sack, setting the Bucs up at the Bears 25-yard line. The Bucs couldn’t capitalize on the turnover, and three straight incompletions led to a missed field goal by Ryan Succop. The Bears capitalized on the turnover on downs, marching 57 yards for a Cairo Santos field goal.

Brady and the offense answered quickly with a score of their own. After a 46-yard gain by Mike Evans, Brady went right back to him for a 2-yard touchdown. A fourth-down sack by JPP gave Brady the ball back with under 2 minutes in the half. That was too much time for Brady, who found Evans for his third touchdown of the day. Bucs went into the half with a 35-3 lead.

Brady would remain in the game to start the second half, but the Bears forced a punt. Chicago marched into the red zone, but a diving interception by Jordan Whitehead ended the drive. The Bucs attempted just three pass on the ensuing drive. Using a combination of Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette on the ground the Bucs got to the goal line, but were stopped on fourth down.

Pierre Desir came away with a pick to open the fourth quarter, giving Brady yet another short field. After a big gain by Godwin to the one-yard line the Bucs couldn’t punch it in and settled for a Succop field goal. Blaine Gabbert entered for Brady, wrapping up a 38-3 win.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
1 month ago

Wonderful game on both sides of the ball. With all these injuries this team is getting really tested with depth and even though they’re young or inexperienced they’re still holding up. This will be invaluable come playoff time. Hope Dean just has a stinger because losing him and Delaney is bad news going into next week. Brady was just a bit off but with the running game clicking the way it is, I just don’t see how in the world you can stop this team defensively. Game ball to the whole team for this performance

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  chefboho
1 month ago

Brady did seem a little off, I wonder if that thumb is really bothering him.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  chefboho
1 month ago

You’re right, Brady was off firing in those TD passes to Evans… Like on a dime… Some beautiful amazing passes made. Bears got pressure a few times successfully and the running game getting stopped at the goal line was more a product of them just trying to stick to it to run out the clock. Most of the missed passes I saw was Brate getting raped before the ball arrived for at least 5 of those incompletions. The only one that really stood out was the one that sailed on him to Howard. The Evans miss was Evans missing his… Read more »

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chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 month ago

Yes and there was the pass to Brate that was thrown too far behind him in the end zone, the wide open pass td he missed to OJ Howard, the throw to Evan’s over the middle that he sailed high. So yes, he was off a bit. Doesn’t mean he played a bad game. 55% completion percentage when you only get hurried 8 times all game I guarantee is an off game by Brady’s standards.

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
1 month ago

Bucs crushed the Bears. A little worried about secondary injuries mounting in every single game. But it feels good when you can walk away from the TV after the 2nd period because the game is already in the bag. It really felt like we were playing a High School Team.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 month ago

This was a pleasant game to watch. Can’t imagine anyone complaining about the performance of this team. They are playing with heart despite the multiple injuries. It would be wise to forget about the Saints and get our team healed when we play The Washington Football Team. Go Bucs! Keep the Repeat Alive!

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Horse
1 month ago

Horse: You underestimate the depth to which residents of Bucville will stick their heads into the cesspool to find even the smallest morsel to make a stink about.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

Scubog, I agree. My only concern is we get healthy during the Bye Week as it will be a nine game run plus Play Offs. No question JPP is a warrior and is gutting thru it.. I was glad Coach shut down some of the starters in the 4th Quarter. The Saints are out for blood and Payten will have them foaming at the mouth when they take us on.

76Buc
76Buc(@76buc)
1 month ago

I love it when I’m wrong about a Bucs game!