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Buccaneers Caleb Benenoch Jersey , turned the corner and saw Jameis Winston heading down the hallway. The two quarterbacks exchanged a supportive fist-bump.It also might have been a passing-of-the-torch moment.Fitzpatrick took over after Winston threw four interceptions — one returned for a touchdown — and rallied Tampa Bay with such an impressive performance that the job might be back in his hands. The Buccaneers have to pick one or the other following their 37-34 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.Nobody will be surprised if it's the bearded one.Fitzpatrick had only a couple of minutes to warm up after Jessie Bates returned Winston's fourth interception for a 34-16 lead. Fitzpatrick led the Buccaneers (3-4) to a field goal and a pair of touchdowns, including his tying 18-yard pass and conversion with 1:05 left."It doesn't take a lot to get this thing going," Fitzpatrick said, moving his arm in a warmup motion.He finished 11 of 15 for 194 yards with a passer rating of 154.9, just shy of perfect.Was it good enough — and was Winston bad enough — to prompt another quarterback change in Tampa Bay?"Today is not the day I need to decide that," coach Dirk Koetter said.Winston opened the season on suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, and Fitzpatrick put up big numbers as his fill-in. Winston returned but has struggled, creating an opening for Fitzpatrick to reclaim the job.Winston was benched after matching his career high with four interceptions, the third time he's thrown so many in his career. He has 10 interceptions, one fewer than all last season. Winston has thrown at least two interceptions in five straight games, tied for the most since 1990."I'm definitely the reason we came up short with this game Buccaneers Ryan Jensen Jersey , and I know that I have to fix it," said Winston, who was 18 of 35 for 276 yards and was sacked five times.Two of his throws sailed in the gusty wind, and two others were simply forced. The decisive one went directly to Bates, who had a clear path for his 21-yard return."Just a bad decision," Winston said. "Just a really bad decision. Just a really, really bad decision."Tampa Bay tried to fix its porous defense by switching coordinators. The Bengals (5-3) had a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the first half while pulling ahead by 21 points. They managed only 95 yards in the second half, 50 of them in their drive to Randy Bullock's 44-yard field goal on the final play.Tampa Bay has the most productive offense in the league when it's not turning the ball over.DeSean Jackson caught a 60-yard touchdown pass that moved him ahead of Jerry Rice for the NFL record. He has 24 TDs of at least 60 yards. It also was Jackson's 29th career TD of at least 50 yards, tying Randy Moss for second-most since the 1970 merger behind Rice's 36.Mike Evans had six catches for 179 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown from Fitzpatrick . It was Fitzpatrick's fifth TD pass of at least 50 yards this season — most in the NFL.And it wasn't enough."We can't turn it over seven times in two weeks," Koetter said. "That's obvious."Buccaneers at Bears: Game Preview The Bucs are heading to the Windy City to take on the Bears after suffering their first defeat of the season. Inconsistent play helped the Steelers build an early first half lead that Tampa Bay couldn’t overcome and now they are 2-1. Things won’t get any easier this week. The Bears field one of the league’s top defenses and they are no joke. The first team to 20 points will most likely be the winner in what should be a dog fight of a game. OverviewAll-time series record: The Bears lead the all-time series 38-20. Tampa Bay has won the past two meetings: 36-10 in 2016 and 29-7 in 2017. The Bucs are 14-17 at home and 6-21 on the road. Longest win streak: Chicago won 12 in a row from 1983-1988.Peyton Barber needs to get going this weekend.Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesLargest victory: Tampa Bay crushed the Bears 41-0 in 2000.2018 offensive and defensive rankings: Tampa Bay still owns the league’s best offense (1st pass Buccaneers Beau Allen Jersey , 30th run) but they slid to 31st in total defense (31st pass, 3rd run). The Bears are 26th in total offense (28th pass, 12th run) and fifth in total defense (11th pass, 2nd run). What to watch forKhalil Mack vs. the Bucs’ offense: Do I really need to explain? Mack is the best defender in the NFL not named Aaron Donald. Tampa Bay’s pass protection: They were exposed against the Steelers. See above regarding concerns in that area. Chicago’s offense vs. the Bucs’ defense: The Bears move the ball mainly on the ground, but Mitchell Trubisky is waiting for his first breakout opportunity. The Bucs can stop the Bears’ ground attack, but how will they fare in the secondary?Ryan Fitzpatrick: It doesn’t seem likely, but if Fitzpatrick struggles and the Bucs are down on the scoreboard - will Tampa Bay turn to Jameis Winston?How will the Bucs respond: The Bucs just suffered their first loss of the season. It will be interesting to see how they respond with a short week on the road. Impact PlayersTampa BayQB Ryan Fitzpatrick: He will be they key to keeping this offense moving.RB Peyton Barber: The Bucs have to find a way to get the running game going.T Demar Dotson and T Donovan Smith: They will be responsible for keeping Mack out of the backfield. LB Lavonte David: He will need to keep Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen from making plays. CB Brent Grimes: Last week’s performance was pretty bad. Grimes needs a big bounce back this week. S Jordan Whitehead: Will the Bears be able to expose the rookie?Khalil Mack is an absolute monsterPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesChicagoQB Mitchell Trubisky: Trubisky may have to shoulder the load for the offense this weekend.RB Jordan Howard: Chicago’s bell cow will face a tough test against the Bucs.WR Allen Robinson II: He was brought in to be a difference-maker and could have his best game as a Bear on Sunday.DE Khalil Mack: If you don’t know about Mack, then you need to educate yourself, quickly.DT Akiem Hicks: Mack isn’t the only player on the defensive line that is disruptive. S Eddie Jackson: One of the league’s best young safeties, Jackson will have his work cut out for him this weekend. Cool StatsThrough three games, Tampa Bay leads the league in total yards per game Buccaneers Vinny Curry Jersey , passing yards per game, yards per play and tied for third in points scored.The Buccaneers have scored 102 points through the first three games, a team record for points scored through the first three games.Dating back to last season, the Buccaneers have totaled at least 425 yards of offense in each of their past four games, extending their franchise record. They join the L.A. Chargers (11/19/17-12/10/17) as the only two teams to post at least four consecutive games with at least 425 yards of offense since 2015.The Buccaneers have totaled at least 390 net passing yards in each of their past three games. They join the Pittsburgh Steelers (11/8/1511/29/15) as the only teams in NFL history to post three consecutive games with at least 390 net passing yards.Per NFL Communications and Elias Sports Bureau, Mike Evans (367 yards, three touchdowns) and DeSean Jackson (312 yards, three touchdowns) are the first pair of teammates in NFL history to each record at least 300 receiving yards and three touchdown catches through their team’s first three games of a season.Mike Evans is off to an amazing start and needs to keep it going against the BearsPhoto by Brian Blanco/Getty ImagesGame OutlookThis is going to be a dog fight. The Bears currently represent the old-style NFL, winning with defense and a rushing attack, while the Bucs represent the new-style NFL. It will be interesting to see how much the game has really changed in terms of how to win. The odds aren’t in Tampa Bay’s favor in Vegas nor in reality. Going on the road on a short week to play in one of the most hostile environments is a recipe for disaster in the NFL. How will this Bucs team respond? This game could go either way in the end.
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