NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-1) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-1)
Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 8 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime), as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Chicago Bears in a matchup of 3-1 teams. It will mark the 60th meeting between the two franchises, with the Bears holding an all-time series lead, 39-20. Chicago won the team’s last meeting, 48-10, in Week 4 of the 2018 season.
Last week, Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 369 yards with five touchdowns as the Buccaneers overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers, 38-31. Brady became the third quarterback in NFL history with 30 career games of at least four touchdown passes and ranks third in league annals with seven career games of at least five touchdown passes. In three career starts at Chicago, Brady has passed for 974 yards (324.7 per game) with eight touchdowns and two interceptions for a 103.0 rating. Buccaneers wide receiver MIKE EVANS had seven receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown in Week 4 and leads the NFL with five touchdown catches in 2020. Evans has 33 receptions for 469 yards (93.8 per game) and two touchdowns in five career games on Thursday Night Football. Tampa Bay linebacker LAVONTE DAVID, the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month in September, led the team with 11 tackles with one pass defended last week. David is one of two players (BOBBY WAGNER) with at least 35 tackles (35) and three passes defensed (three) this season.
Bears quarterback NICK FOLES passed for 249 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his first start with Chicago last week. In four career starts against Tampa Bay, Foles has totaled eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) and a 100.6 passer rating. Last week, wide receiver ALLEN ROBINSON led the team with seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, his 14th career 100-yard game. Robinson has 333 receiving yards (83.3 per game) and two touchdowns in four career games on Thursday Night Football. Robinson is one of two NFC wide receivers (TYLER LOCKETT) with at least 25 receptions (25), 300 receiving yards (331) and two touchdown catches (two) this season. Linebacker KHALIL MACK recorded a sack and forced fumble in the 2018 meeting against Tampa Bay and aims for his third in a row against the Buccaneers with a sack and forced fumble. Since joining the Bears in 2018, Mack is one of three players (CHANDLER JONES and T.J. WATT) with at least 20 sacks (22.5) and 10 forced fumbles (11).
Adding to television availability, several streaming options will be available to fans. FOX Thursday Night Football games will be available to stream on Amazon via Prime Video and Twitch in addition to NFL, FOX and FOX Deportes digital properties across devices.* During the season, fans can learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF.
WEEK 5 // THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 39-20
STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Buccaneers 10 at Bears 48
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/30/18
QB TOM BRADY passed for 369 yards & 5 TDs vs. 1 INT for 117 rating in Week 4. Is 3rd QB (DREW BREES & PEYTON MANNING) with 30 career games of 4+ TD passes in NFL history. Has 7 career games with 5+ TDs, 3rd-most in NFL history. Has 93 career games with 300+ pass yards, tied-2nd most in NFL history. Has 974 pass yards (324.7 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 103 rating in 3 career starts at Chi. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB RONALD JONES had 6 catches & 128 scrimmage yards (111 rush, 17 rec.) in Week 4, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rush yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR MIKE EVANS led team with 7 receptions for 122 yards & TD catch last week. Has 33 catches for 469 yards & 2 TDs in 5 career games on TNF. Leads NFL with 5 rec. TDs in 2020. WR SCOTTY MILLER had 5 catches for 83 yards & TD last week. TE CAMERON BRATE had rec. TD in Week 4. • LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 11 tackles & had PD last week. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Chi. with TFL. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 7 tackles & sack in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB DEVIN WHITE had 5th-career FR last week, tied-most in NFL since 2019. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with sack. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had FF last week. Has 7 sacks in his past 7 vs. Chi. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at Chi.
QB NICK FOLES passed for 249 yards with TD vs INT for 76.4 rating in 1st start of season last week. Has 1,104 pass yards (276 per game) & 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 100.6 rating in 4 career starts vs. TB. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 57 scrimmage yards (30 rec., 27 rush) in Week 4. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 85+ scrimmage yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with 7 receptions for 101 yards & rec. TD last week. Has 23 catches for 333 yards (83.3 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 4 career games on TNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with rec. TD. Has 3 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. TB & aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with rec. TD. Rookie WR DARNELL MOONEY set career highs with 5 catches & 52 rec. yards last week. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 5+ receptions & 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. TB. Has 7 rec. TDs in 10 career games on TNF & aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with TD catch. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack & FF. Aims for his 4th in row on TNF with TFL. DE ROBERT QUINN has 4 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. TB. DT AKIEM HICKS had sack in last meeting. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 13 tackles & 3 TFL last week. Has 4 TFL in 4 career games on Thursday. Rookie CB JAYLON JOHNSON had 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ PD. Leads all rookies with 7 PD in 2020.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX/NFLN/Amazon Prime (8:20 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (TB), 83 (Chi) | XM: 226 (TB), 225 (Chi)