Here are my three key matchups on offense.
Josh Freeman vs zone defense
Two weeks ago Josh Freeman could not get anything done against the zone defenses the San Francisco 49ers were playing. Today he faces another team that will play predominantly zone and probably won't blitz him much. Can he do better and start finding the holes in zone coverage, or will he start throwing to underneath defenders again? Last time it wasn't pretty. But last week was pretty good.
Last week Earnest Graham made the man in the hole miss on several occasions. If the Bucs are to be successful on offense they need to establish the running game, and to do so they need to have Earnest Graham make a man miss. In this case, Brian Urlacher is that guy. The Bears defense has had issues tackling players this year, but they are a good, disciplined defense. Can Graham break them down, or will he run into a wall?
Preston Parker vs the hole in zone
Preston Parker is the ideal underneath receiver against zone coverage. He can find space, then turn upfield and make people miss. That's what makes Wes Welker so productive, and Parker can do the same thing - if not as well. So far Parker has been the Bucs' best receiving weapon, and he could continue to be that on Sunday. but can he find the holes in coverage, and can Freeman get him the ball in space?