The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the ball away from the Chicago Bears offense a whopping four times in the first half: two interceptions and two fumbles. And you can add a red zone stop to that list, too. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown, too.
And despite all of that defensive production, the Bucs lead just 17-10 at halftime. The Bucs offense has struggled to produce much of anything, though Jameis Winston did have two nice drives, one resulting in a touchdown to Cameron Brate, and the other ending with a short Roberto Aguayo field goal. It was good, which is not a given with this kicker.
The other reason this game is still close: the Bucs defense gave up a 50-yard touchdown as time experienced in the second quarter. Yes, that really happened. I don’t know how, or why, but the Bucs are going to Buc and will find ways to make games they should be winning easily a lot harder than they should be.
We’ll see whether the Bucs can hang on to their lead in the second half. They do, at least, get the ball to start the half. Hopefully they can get their first home win of the season today.