Bucs take advantage of Bears mistakes, lead 26-0

Jackson made his National Football League debut last week, starting at safety and making three tackles in the Bears' 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invested a lot in former Alabama TE O.J. Howard, selecting him with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Buccaneers: Alexander, who had Tampa Bay's first interception, left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. It started from the first play of the game. The quarterback position is the only position at which the Bears are not playing their best player.

"We just didn't put our team in good situations, " Glennon said. After Glennon connected with his targets and moved into Tampa Bay territory, he tried to slide a throw through triple coverage which ended in an interception.

It was that kind of day for the Bears.

Glennon avoided the shutout by hitting Deonte Thompson late in the fourth quarter for a 14-yard touchdown.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin the 2017 season in earnest on Sunday after Hurricane Irma threatened the Sunshine State last weekend, prompting the National Football League to postpone the team's regularly scheduled opener.

Hope, as it turns out, lasted about a week for the Bears.

In the opener, Glennon didn't commit a turnover and paced the Bears down the field. "Me personally, I've just got that mentality that we've got to get better, we've got to keep pushing each other". Their first half was dominant, a bend-but-don't-break defense creating turnovers and a loaded offense turning those opportunities into touchdowns.

Now, the Bears who have been preaching a youth movement and wins can't win games at all. Indeed, it looked like Bellamy had Bucs cornerback Robert McClain beat, but he stumbled out of his break. He can't throw the ball deep, can't extend plays, and can't even throw accurate passes period. Ultimately, it was returned 47 yards for a 23-0 Buccaneers lead heading into the half.

"I think Mike Glennon played pretty well today", Koetter said.

"I see him doing a double-move against guys in the preseason", Jackson said.

Glennon's pick-6 came one possession after he was sacked by Noah Spence and lost a fumble.

Chicago's offensive operation was hampered not only by mistakes, but an inability to run.

Howard was supposed to make his National Football League debut last week, too, but Hurricane Irma caused the Buccaneers' game against the Miami Dolphins to be postponed.

"I'm not sure we ran a real clean route on the out cut", Bears coach John Fox said.

Sometimes, innocent folks have to take a fall, and it appears that time has come as it relates to the Bears' injury problems.

But that couldn't stop renewed talk of a quarterback controversy in Chicago. It didn't sound like Fox had got to that point after the game, though that's without the benefit of reviewing the tape.

"This tells me great things are coming", said Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, who had a game-high nine tackles.

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