Chicago Bears vs Bucs: 3 Must-watch players in Week 5

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Here are three Chicago Bears players we will be watching closely in Week 5

After miraculously starting out the season undefeated, the Chicago Bears finally got their first loss. The Bears fell short to the Indianapolis Colts at home 19-11. The Colts’ elite defense gave the Bears offense plenty of struggles all game long. The Bears scored a touchdown near the end in an attempt to come back, but couldn’t land the onside kick.

The Bears defense had its moments that it seemed weak, but as always under Chuck Pagano, the defense was bending, but not breaking. The Colts’ offense was a great counter to the Bears offense by being able to run the ball effectively and getting the ball out quickly before somebody could get to the immobile Philip Rivers.

Now, the Bears should face a similar style of offense with an immobile quarterback who gets the ball out quickly in Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have a solid offensive line (Not as good as the Colts) and an outstanding receiving core. With weapons like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard, and Scotty Miller, this offense is very hard to stop through the air. Fortunately for the Bears, they are fairly banged up.

Howard already landed on the IR after the game last week. None of the Bucs top four wide receivers practiced yesterday due to injuries. Some of them should be healthy, but the chance all four play is very low. Their run game is still solid with Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, and now rookie Ke’shawn Vaughn. Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy did not practice yesterday as well.

Some Bears’ players need to rebound or step up in order for this game to go in their favor. Here are three of those players.