Tampa Bay Times - - Bucs - Con­tact Greg Au­man at gau­man@tam­pabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Fol­low @gre­gau­man.

The Bucs aren’t the only team that beat up on the Bears last year. Wash­ing­ton won 41-21 on Christ­mas Eve in Chicago, and Jack­son had a 57-yard catch against the Bears se­condary as part of a 114-yard day. That 57-yarder is longer than any play the Bucs of­fense had last sea­son. Tampa Bay will want to es­tab­lish that deep ball to­day so fu­ture op­po­nents feel com­pelled to ac­count for that as they pre­pare de­fen­sively. One player Jameis Win­ston should be mind­ful of is Bears cor­ner­back Mar­cus Cooper, who has four in­ter­cep­tions since the start of the 2014 sea­son. Two of them came with Ari­zona in last year’s rout of the Bucs, in­clud­ing a de­flected screen he re­turned 60 yards for a touch­down.


New Bucs re­ceiver DeSean Jack­son had a big day against the Bears with Wash­ing­ton last sea­son, pick­ing up 114 yards.

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