Chicago Bears: Grading Their 21-13 Win Over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nov 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith (left) greets Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman after the game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
For whatever reason, Trestman and his staff have not been able to get anything going in the first quarter. In fact, over the last five games, including this one against the Buccaneers, the Bears have not scored in the first quarter and they have produced just 17 points in the first half while surrendering 114.
And although the Bears did score 21 points in the game-changing third quarter, two of those touchdowns were a result of turnovers created by the defense. Why this team struggles with the weapons it has on offense continues to be a mystery and it is a trend that has to improve if they hope to beat the Detroit Lions on the road in Week 13.
Mel Tucker, who has been a lighting rod for most of the season, deserves credit for the aggressive play of the defense. Again, McCown did pass for 341 yards, but thanks to five sacks and four turnovers, the defense lent a helping hand to an offense that has not lived up to expectations.