Consensus line: Buccaneers by 7
Prediction: The Buccaneers have similar offensive firepower to the Atlanta Falcons, who were slowed impressively by Chicago a week ago. Yet, the Bears issue covering tight ends plays into Tampa’s strength with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. Tampa Bay coach Dirk
Koetter’s vertical scheme also will test a Bears safety tandem that played very poorly its first time together. If Chicago can steal a possession or two and stay committed to its run game, it will earn a road upset. Except Tampa is the team that showed last season it can succeed in both areas and will do so again to open with a home win.
uSTART: Bucs TE Cameron Brate. Brate has earned the trust of Jameis Winston and expect the quarterback to look to his tight end. After all, the Bears allowed 128 receiving yards and a score to Falcons TE Austin Hooper in Week 1.
uSIT: Bears QB Mike Glennon. Glennon took care of the football (26 of 40, 213 yards, TD) in Week 1, but with a skeleton crew out wide, and marginal talent, he shouldn’t be counted on to produce each week.