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Crossover Thursday: Bucs and Bears Storylines, Key Matchups, and Predictions

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NFL: OCT 08 Buccaneers at Bears Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Previewing the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears in the NFL’s Week 7 schedule of games.

Tom Brady has shared the field with a lot of quarterbacks over the years, but this will be the first time the former Michigan Wolverines signal-caller will play on the same surface as former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback, Justin Fields.

Fields was one year old when Brady was drafted in 2000 by the New England Patriots, and in the infancy of his career, will look to lead his Bears to an impressive upset win.

Currently favored to win by 13 points, the injured but surviving Buccaneers defense will have to match up against star wide receiver Allen Robinson, fellow receiver Darnell Mooney, and Week 6 standout rookie running back Khalil Herbert.

Of course, Brady isn’t entering the contest weaponless either, as Antonio Brown figures to be the most dangerous big-play threat (if he plays), while Mike Evans and Chris Godwin continue to form the NFL’s most talented wide receiver trio.

While linebacker Khalil Mack looks to get pressure on Brady, defensive backs Jaylon Johnson and Eddie Jackson will look to secure the back end of Chicago’s defense, trying to make the Bucs earn every point they score.

With Antoine Winfield Jr. on track to have a chance of returning from his concussion this weekend, he’ll look to add secondary challenges for Fields as he tries to navigate through the likes of Jamel Dean while facing pressure from Vita Vea, Shaquil Barrett, and Devin White.

A tall task for the Chicago Bears visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but as they say, there’s a reason the games are played on the field.

Get the full preview with David Harrison (Locked On Bucs) and Lorin Cox (Locked On Bears) on ‘Crossover Thursday’ at the Locked On Podcast Network.