Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction: Can Justin Fields Prove Himself Against the GOAT?

Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers prediction and pick from handicapper Jason Radowitz for Sunday's Week 7 matchup. Don't miss his play for Sunday
Jason Radowitz
Sat, October 23, 10:29 PM EDT

Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction: Can Justin Fields Prove Himself Against the GOAT?

You’re about to witness history. The Bears will start Justin Fields at quarterback while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start Tom Brady.

This marks the largest age difference ever between starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Therefore, Fields is going to have to prove that the new age can defeat the old age. Brady is much more wise than Fields, however, Fields certainly has more skill, at his age, than Brady.

The Bears are very confident that their offense is going to start clicking but it might be a little difficult against the defending champions, who are 5-1 on the season and looking to repeat.

Can Tom Brady continue his dominance against younger quarterbacks and notch another victory in this young season? Here are our picks and predictions for the Week 7 matchup between the Bears and the Buccaneers.

Bears vs. Buccaneers odds

Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021

Game Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: CBS

Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers INJURY REPORT

Chicago

Questionable: LB Caleb Johnson (Knee), TE J.P. Holtz (Quadricep), CB Artie Burns (Foot)

Buccaneers

Questionable: CB Antoine Winfield Jr. (Concussion), ILB Lavone David (Ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (Ribs)

Out: CB Richard Sherman (Hamstring)

Bears vs. Buccaneers odds

Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction

Eventually, the Chicago Bears offense is going to figure it out. Currently, Justin Fields has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns this season and has basically looked like a rookie.

He’s got all of the talent in the world, except for the fact that he’s not getting enough protection from the offensive line and really isn’t using Allen Robinson II to his advantage.

It’s bad when Darnell Mooney is the leading receiver through six weeks of the season. Robinson II is a franchise talent and needs to be used more frequently than just 21 catches in six games. There were times last year he caught ten or more catches in games.

To the Fields’ credit, he was targeted seven times against the Packers last week but still only gained 53 yards on four catches.

If you want to go out and beat the Buccaneers, you’re going to have to beat them in coverage. With Richard Sherman out, that will only help the Bears.

However, at this point, it’s hard to trust this Bears offense. Only the running game is really taking off behind David Montgomery. The offense will figure it out eventually, but it might take a full year for Fields to really take ownership of this team.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have been tremendous on the offensive end and should have no problem scoring against the Bears' horrific defense that is allowing nearly 250 yards passing per game. The coverage is terrible and the Bears continue to lack the ability to tackle in the open field.

The Buccaneers will certainly get their points but I’d like to think that Fields has some success offensively against the Buccaneers, who are allowing 24 points per game. Fields is going to be forced to make some plays in this game and now that he's comfortable a little bit, he’ll actually complete some big-time passes down the field to some of his reliable targets.

Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick

Over 47 (-110)

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz
Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.
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