Week Two vs. Chicago Bears
It’s a new season at Raymond James Stadium as the Bucs open things up against the Chicago Bears. John Fox and the Bears are coming off of a disappointing 2016 campaign. A 3-13 record is not what the Soldier Field crowd was hoping for. Alshon Jeffrey put up mediocre numbers for a top wide receiver with 52 receptions for 821 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Chicago, he was suspended four games for a drug violation.
These two teams battled last year, and the Bucs won by a score of 36-10. Despite giving up 100 yards on the ground to Jordan Howard, the defense forced Jay Cutler into four turnovers. Jameis Winston threw for over 300 yards and off the Bucs went to victory. This was during that magical late season run that brought the team to the brink of a playoff berth. Henceforth, the excitement heading into the 2017 season.
It’s a new year and an intriguing game as the Bears head on down to sunny Tampa. Jay Cutler is gone. In his place is our old friend Mike Glennon. Yes, Mark Sanchez was also signed by the Bears. Does anybody really think that he will beat out Glennon? It certainly isn’t likely. Glennon will be making the trip to where he began his career, and then sent back to the bench. I have a hard time believing that there won’t be jitters there. He will be pressing, trying to show the Bucs brass what they missed out on.
Later in the year this game would have been of more concern to me. As the home opener? Feel good about this one.