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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    For some reason I believe we will blow them out because this team has to be mad that many of us have given up on the season already. Go Bucs!

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    I don’t know why, but I think we get the W this Sunday. Bears aren’t a very good team. We need to win these winnable games. My hope is Dirk opens up the play calling like he did last week vs ATL and somehow our Defense rebounds with a good game.

    Bucs 24

    Bears 20

    Winston 21-33/263/2 TD/1 Rushing TD

    Evans 10/132/1 TD

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    This is a must win game for us against an inferior team at HOME

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      I agree the bears are bad but not sure we’re any better

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        that sentence hurts to read because its true

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    Must win for sure. Like to think we win but who knows. I worry won’t get pressure on Cutler. Mike Smith seems unwilling to blitz. I can understand somewhat with secondary miscues, but To me rather get burned on blitz and maybe get some hits on him, then have him sit back there all day and just carve us up like Carr was able to. Yes Cutler is inconsistent and doesn’t fare well under pressure but give him that kind time Carr got and we will get torched. I do realized the Bears O line isn’t as good as Raiders though.

    Winston plays well,no turnovers,run it enough to keep defense honest, and we have good chance I think. It really depends on defense. Just don’t know but they play decent and keep close first half then teams come out second half and just destroy us. So frustrating.

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      I’m with you, Fred. If the secondary is already getting roasted, might as well blitz and see if what happens. Maybe we rush a QB into a bad throw and get a turnover. Maybe not, but at least it’ll be something different.

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    I’m going with the better QB, bears 37-17

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      Yeh yeh yeh. Winston sucks. We get man.

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      Hahahahahahaha! You’re better qb turned the ball over 4 times. Nothing better then when you look like a moron with your prediction. Hahahahahahahaha!

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        I admit that Winston played GREAT and deserved the win.

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    Yea Rootscrew, I’m just arm chair coach, but like you said if secondary is already a mess and guys always wide open why not try to blitz and hurry the throw? I seriously doubt it could be much worse. We have some guys that I think would do well blitzing. Kwon is pretty damn fast.

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    When you blitz you have one on one coverage. That can be a problem with great WR’s, but if we are confused and guys are totally open all the time wouldn’t one on one coverage be better than nobody covering them at all??!!!!!

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    Blow out, winnable game, Bears an inferior team? I just hope we win. If you take everything into consideration, we have a 37 percent chance of winning. That’s what a our record says. Bears defense is pretty good,it comes down to Cutler. If he’s on we’re doomed, if he’s bad Jay, we’ll win.

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    Cutler will throw 2 picks today. Kwon will be all over the place. TD’s through the air to Brate, Evans and Hump. Bucs get to 4-5 with a 31-24 victory. Cannons will be fired.

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      Ok – so it was 36-10, Cutler did throw 2 picks and cannons were fired. Winston was 23 of 33 for 312 yds, 2 TD’s and a pick. 4 300+ yds passing games and the youngest QB to throw 40 TD passes. Wow, what a bust Bucnut 2? The better QB was clearly Cutler…for us- LOL!

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        Sorry it should have read – Wow, what a bust huh Bucnut 2?

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    If McDonald is back in the trenches with McCoy, and if Ayers is full strength, I look for our defense to have a much improved performance over the last two weeks. Spence and Hargreaves are learning, getting better as the season progresses. If the front four are mounting a good pass rush, then I expect the linebackers and back four to have a good day today.

    With Martin back in the lineup, as it appears likely now, it’s going to be much harder for safeties to play back and in the faces of our second and third WRs and TEs, meaning they will get more targets. Evans will be double teamed all day, but look for Winston to continue to target him especially on third downs and in the red zone.

    Things are set up for a pretty good day for the Bucs … Bucs 31-Bears 21

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