Buccaneers vs Bears prediction, odds, and picks – October 24, 2021, | NFL Week 7
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Chicago Bears in Week 7 of the NFL season, maybe Tom Brady is on the right track from the casualties this time around
You may remember what happened last year when these two teams met on Thursday Night Football. Brady was still getting used to Bruce Arians’ offense and Nick Foles was starting for Chicago.
When the Bears took the lead with less than two minutes to go, all Brady had to do was lead the Buccaneers to a winning field goal.
Brady made some questionable decisions in that series, especially on fourth down, where he tried to dig deep rather than just keep the game alive.
It turned out that Brady had no idea what he was, the Buccaneers turned him around and the Bears won that game.
Regardless, the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, while Foles lost his starting quarterback spot to Mitchell Trubisky, and the Bears lost in the wild-card round. Happy ending for Brady.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears Match Details
Fixture – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears | Week 7 of the 2021 NFL regular season.
Date & Time – October 24, 2021- 4:25 PM EST
Venue – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Take a look at the predictions, odds, and picks for the Buccaneers vs Bears Week 7 game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears Game Picks
12.5 seems like a very high line for this game. The Buccaneers are a better team, of course, but the Bears have a great defense and their offense improves every week with Justin Fields at the center.
Chicago probably won’t make this a close competition, but they should also cover the spread, especially with the injury Tampa Bay is facing. Plus, only one of the Bears’ games this season reached more than 47 points – a 34-14 loss in Week 1. Go with the minors.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears Key injuries
Four important players for the Buccaneers will participate in this game against the Bears. On offense, wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) is a confirmed absence, as is tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been out since Week 3 with injured ribs.
Richard Sherman is offside on defense with a hamstring injury suffered last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, while Lavonte David will miss another game with an ankle problem.
For the Bears, the only confirmed absence from Friday’s injury report is Tashaun Gipson, who has not practiced since Thursday with a hip problem and will not travel to Florida. Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack are questionable to play, but they had limited practice on Friday, which is a good sign.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears head to head
The Buccaneers and Bears have played 60 times in history, with Chicago leading the series with twice as many wins: 40-20.
The last game between these two teams was the aforementioned Thursday Night Football in 2020 with a 20-19 win for the Bears.
Foles beat Brady for the second time in his career, the first time in Super Bowl LII, when Foles was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and Brady was still a member of the New England Patriots.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears Prediction
The difference between these two teams on offense is great, but so is the gap on defense. Todd Bowles and his aggressive defense will be a problem for a rookie like Justin Fields, whose main problem in his first season is how he is slowly progressing through his receivers.
The Buccaneers will win, but the score will be low because Chicago’s defense is elite.
Prediction: The Buccaneers win on an effort led by Shaquil Barrett, who will have two sacks for the first time this season against a porous offensive line.