One reason Chicago had a chance to win in the final minute last week was that it held the Falcons offense to one touchdown in three red-zone trips. Finishing drives has been a major focus for the Bucs offense in the offseason, but it didn’t show up in the preseason.
The Bucs ranked 20th in red zone success last year, getting touchdowns just 51.9 percent of the time. Chicago ranked ninth in red zone defense, holding opponents to 52.5 percent success; the Bucs defense, by comparison, ranked 24th, allowing 58 percent.
Freddie Martino scores during the Bucs’ 36-10 rout of the Bears at Raymond James last year.