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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/17/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




CHICAGO (0 - 1) at TAMPA BAY (0-0)
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Week 2 Sunday, 9/17/2017 1:00 PM
Board OpenLatest
276TAMPA BAY-5.5-7
CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-1-11-00-117.010.0301.0(5.1)
Last 3 Games0-1-11-00-117.010.0301.0(5.1)
Grass Games0-1-11-00-117.010.0301.0(5.1)
CHICAGO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.17102029:2619-125(6.6)26-4065.0%176(4.4)59-301(5.1)(17.7)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23101831:3423-64(2.8)21-3070.0%308(10.3)53-372(7)(16.2)
CHICAGO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against000013-538.5%2-150.0%3-70(23.3)45-3(15)4-40
Stats Against (All Games) 11-545.5%0-00.0%1-11(11)2-24(12)8-73
Opponents Avg. Stats For000 11-545.5%0-00.0%1-11(11)24-2(12)8-73

 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
Opponents Defensive Avg.0000:000-0(0)0-00.0%0(0)0-0(0)(0)
Opponents Offensive Avg.0000:000-0(0)0-00.0%0(0)0-0(0)(0)
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Opponents Avg. Stats Against00000-00.0%0-00.0%0-0(0)0-0(0)0-0
Opponents Avg. Stats For000 0-00.0%0-00.0%0-0(0)0-0(0)0-0
Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 32,  TAMPA BAY --
CHICAGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/17/2017@ TAMPA BAY            
9/28/2017@ GREEN BAY            
10/15/2017@ BALTIMORE            

TAMPA BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/24/2017@ MINNESOTA            
10/1/2017NY GIANTS            
10/5/2017NEW ENGLAND            
10/15/2017@ ARIZONA            
CHICAGO: Chicago's offense will center around RB Jordan Howard, who ran for 961 yards in his last nine games as a rookie. But opponents will stack the box against one of the league's weakest passing games. QB Mike Glennon was brought in to keep the seat warm for No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky, and after losing WR Alshon Jeffery in free agency, Chicago is hoping 2015 first-round draft pick WR Kevin White is finally ready to contribute. Coordinator Vic Fangio has the pieces in place to make Chicago's defense a strength. Veteran LBs Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman anchor a solid front seven that has depth and talent on the edge. 2016 first-round pick Leonard Floyd showed flashes of pass-rushing dominance as a rookie, and free agent signing CB Prince Amukamara reinforces a secondary that was inconsistent and riddled by injuries last season.
TAMPA BAY: QB Jameis Winston is developing nicely under head coach Dirk Koetter, reading the field at an advanced level for a young passer. Strong-handed WR Mike Evans led the league in targets last year, and Tampa added deep threat WR DeSean Jackson and first-round draft pick TE O.J. Howard this spring. RB Doug Martin will lead the power running game when his suspension ends in Week 4, with RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber likely to fill in. Tampa's defense improved greatly over the course of last season, allowing just 17.1 points per game in the second half of the year. CB Vernon Hargreaves and DE Noah Spence showed great promise and development as rookies, while veterans CB Brent Grimes and DT Gerald McCoy played at a high level. LBs Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander enjoyed a productive season as the Bucs were the best third-down defense in the NFL.
Bucs get back on field after hurricane disruption, face Bears

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had just three practices in a 15-day span due to disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma. Many key starters didn't play in the final two preseason games, so the Sunday home contest against the Chicago Bears will be their first action in 22 days.

Rest or rust?

We are about to find out.

The Bucs' scheduled opener at Miami was moved to November because of Irma's approach toward South Florida, and many players fled the state to protect their families. Now they will begin the franchise's 42nd NFL season with plenty of fascinating unanswered questions when the Bears (0-1) visit Raymond James Stadium after a 23-17 home loss against the Atlanta Falcons.

Do the Bucs have a preparation edge? Are the Bears better equipped, mentally and physically, because of the Bucs' disjointed schedule? Then there is the X-factor: Have the Bears acquired valuable intelligence from quarterback Mike Glennon, who played in Tampa Bay from 2013-16?

Bears coach John Fox said he believes the Bucs gained a strategic advantage. He has mostly seen vanilla film of his opponent, while the Bucs already have carefully dissected Chicago's opener.

"We saw them and they didn't see us," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. "But most people think teams make the biggest improvement from Week 1 to Week 2. So it's all talk.

According to Koetter, "The body was sort of telling you we should be out there playing" as he watched the NFL's opening weekend. At the same time, he has made his peace with the league's decision to move the original opener, which means the Bucs must play 16 consecutive games without a bye week.

He said he was happy with the pace and spirit exhibited during Tampa Bay's Wednesday practice.

"First and foremost, it's good to know that everyone and their families are safe," Koetter said. "Football sort of takes a back seat. A lot of people got it worse than we did (in the Tampa Bay area).

"Now we're back and working. We can't buy more time, and we can't overwork them. We just have to get ready. It is what it is."

Koetter joked that Tampa Bay's injury report "will never be this clean again" because the only listing was limited practice participation by reserve linebacker Devante Bond.

The Bucs are healthy. But are they ready?

"It's not going to be perfect," Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "But we're professionals, so it doesn't matter."

Third-year Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who didn't play in the team's final preseason game, is the only player in NFL history with 4,000-yard passing performances in each of his first two seasons. He has a new target in 10-year veteran DeSean Jackson, who will team with Mike Evans (96 catches for 1,321 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016).

Jackson and Evans sat out the team's final two preseason games.

"It's not like we forgot how to play football," Evans said. "I think at the end of the day, we'll be all right."

The precision of the Winston-led offense will be a focal point, but the real intrigue could lie in how Glennon attacks the Tampa Bay defense.

Glennon, who was 26 of 40 for 213 yards against the Falcons, started 18 games for the Bucs in 2013-14. After Winston's arrival as the draft's No. 1 overall pick, Glennon didn't play at all in 2015 and attempted just 11 passes in the 2016 regular season.

"It's a really good defense, obviously one I've gone up against with the scout team," said Glennon, who signed with the Bears as a free agent. "I feel like I know their defense well, but it's a little different when you start game-planning. They know my strengths and weaknesses, and that adds another dimension to it."

Koetter praised Chicago's backfield duo of rookie Tarik Cohen (113 yards from scrimmage against Atlanta) and Jordan Howard (52 yards) but said Glennon's presence "adds a little bit of mystery" to the matchup.

"When Mike left, we had an oath that he was sworn to secrecy," Koetter said with a wry smile. "But we'll see."

Regardless of the opponent, Koetter said he is grateful to have a real game -- finally.

"Let's play some football," Koetter said. "That's what we all came here for, right?"

Last Updated: 7/20/2018 9:15:33 PM EST

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