Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields threw three interceptions and dedicated 5 turnovers in a disastrous 38-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
A 12 months after the Bears upset the Bucs when Tom Brady misplaced observe of downs on the ultimate drive, the Bears have been those who left the rematch towards the defending Tremendous Bowl champions embarrassed.
The Bucs jumped to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and have been up 35-3 by halftime. Brady threw 4 landing passes within the first half — together with three to vast receiver Mike Evans — and the Bucs’ official Twitter account tweeted the notorious picture of Brady holding up 4 fingers within the 2020 recreation in jest.
The Bears positioned proper sort out Elijah Wilkinson on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist Sunday afternoon — the fifth participant to go on the checklist in 11 days — and began Lachavious Simmons in his place.
Simmons was badly overmatched by the Bucs strain, contributing to the interception Fields threw to Dee Delaney and the fumbles pressured by Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. The Bears benched Simmons for Alex Bars by the center of the second quarter.
Jordan Whitehead and Pierre Desir had second-half interceptions.
The Bucs made the Bears pay for the quick fields they got. Brady accomplished 20 of 36 passes for 211 yards and the 4 touchdowns, one in every of which was his 600th profession landing go. He didn’t throw an interception and wasn’t sacked. The Bucs pulled him from the sport with just below eight minutes to go.
In the meantime, Fields accomplished 22 of 32 passes for 184 yards with no touchdowns and the three interceptions. He was sacked 4 instances.
Cairo Santos’ 28-yard subject objective — his thirty fifth straight made subject objective — offered the one Bears factors.
Bears defensive lineman Bilal Nichols was ejected from the sport within the second half for throwing a punch at middle Ryan Jensen.
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Inside linebacker Caleb Johnson, who was recovering from a knee harm, went on the COVID-19 checklist Sunday morning, the fourth participant to go on the checklist in 11 days.
A few hours later, the Bears positioned beginning proper sort out Elijah Wilkinson on the COVID-19 checklist and activated Arlington Hambright from the apply squad.
Wilkinson was beginning rather than Germain Ifedi, who went on injured reserve with a knee harm Oct. 13. The Bears have Lachavious Simmons and Alex Bars as potential replacements for Wilkinson.
That is the second time since August that Wilkinson went on the COVID-19 checklist. He was one in every of 4 gamers to go on the checklist when Eddie Goldman examined constructive firstly of coaching camp.
Unvaccinated gamers who check constructive should keep out at the least 10 days. They will also be dominated as shut contacts of gamers who check constructive after which should sit out 5 days.
One bit of fine information for the Bears offense got here Saturday, nevertheless. Operating again Damien Williams was activated from the COVID-19 checklist. It’s unclear how a lot he can be able to play after 10 days away from the group, however he might present assist to Justin Fields and Khalil Herbert as they battle among the finest run defenses within the NFL.
Tight finish Jimmy Graham additionally remained on the COVID-19 checklist.
Bears outdoors linebacker Khalil Mack and vast receiver Allen Robinson each will play after they initially have been listed as questionable due to accidents.
Mack’s foot harm and Robinson’s ankle harm have restricted them in apply, however they are going to play via them towards the Bucs. Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, nickel cornerback Duke Shelley, tight finish J.P. Holtz and vast receiver Jakeem Grant are also lively after they have been listed as questionable on Friday.
The Bears beforehand introduced that security Tashaun Gipson and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks could be out due to accidents. Quarterback Nick Foles and vast receiver Breshad Perriman are also inactive.
1st quarter: Bucs leap out shortly to a 7-0 lead
Leonard Fournette’s 2-yard landing run gave the Bucs a 7-0 lead towards the Bears with 11:58 to play within the first quarter.
The Bucs began the drive on the Bears’ 32-yard line after Jaelon Darden returned a punt 43 yards.
After Bears cornerback Kindle Vildor dedicated a go interference penalty that gave the Bucs one other 15 yards, Fournette broke for a 15-yard achieve after which the 2-yard rating.
The Bears went three-and-out on their first drive, throughout which Justin Fields was sacked for a lack of 7 yards and fumbled, although working again Khalil Herbert recovered the fumble.
1st quarter: Bucs up 14-0 after a Justin Fields INT
Tom Brady’s 4-yard landing go to Chris Godwin gave the Bucs a 14-0 lead towards the Bears with 4:37 to play within the first quarter.
The Bucs’ scoring drive was 40 yards after cornerback Dee Delaney intercepted Bears quarterback Justin Fields and returned it 26 yards.
Brady and Godwin additionally related on passes of 6 and 21 yards to spark the drive.
On the earlier Bears drive, Fields was beneath strain on third down and threw a go properly out of attain of Allen Robinson simply earlier than he was hit. Delaney stepped in simply to make the choose.
1st quarter: Tom Brady throws his 600th TD go
The Bucs capitalized on Bears quarterback Justin Fields’ second straight turnover to take a 21-0 lead towards the Bears with 6 seconds to play within the first quarter.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady hit Mike Evans with a 9-yard landing go to cap a five-play, 35-yard drive.
It was Brady’s 600th profession landing go.
Simply two minutes earlier, Bucs outdoors linebacker Shaquil Barrett knocked the ball from Fields’ hand on third-and-5, and Vita Vea recovered it, giving the Bucs the ball on the Bears’ 35-yard line.
Brady discovered Evans for an 11-yard go, and Ronald Jones II broke for runs of 12 and three yards to arrange Brady’s second landing go of the primary quarter.
2nd quarter: third turnover for rookie QB Justin Fields
Bears quarterback Justin Fields dedicated his third turnover of the primary half, however the Bears protection got here up with a cease to carry the Bucs’ result in 21-0.
Bucs outdoors linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul bought round proper sort out Lachavious Simmons to pressure Fields to fumble, and Bucs inside linebacker Devin White recovered it and returned it to the Bears’ 25-yard line.
However Tom Brady threw three straight incompletions, and Bucs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 43-yard field-goal try vast proper.
On the following Bears drive, Alex Bars changed Simmons at proper sort out.
2nd quarter: Cairo Santos will get Bears on the board
Bears kicker Cairo Santos made a 28-yard subject objective to chop the Bucs’ result in 21-3 with 6:08 to play within the second quarter.
Justin Fields hit Darnell Mooney with a 17-yard go to open the drive, and Khalil Herbert had runs of 13, 12 and 6 yards.
However the Bears stalled after getting first-and-goal on the 10. Herbert gained 0 yards on first down, and Fields threw incomplete on the following two performs, together with simply out of attain of tight finish Jesper Horsted in the long run zone on third down.
2nd quarter: Tom Brady is doing Tom Brady issues
Tom Brady’s 2-yard landing go to Mike Evans — one play after a 46-yard connection between the 2 — gave the Bucs a 28-3 lead with 3:35 to play within the second quarter.
Evans bought the higher of Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson on each performs to cap a five-play, 75-yard drive.
Halftime: Buccaneers 35, Bears 3
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw 4 landing passes and Bears quarterback Justin Fields dedicated three turnovers because the Bucs took a 35-3 lead into halftime.
The Bears allowed 21 factors within the first quarter for the primary time since 2013 and 35 factors within the first half for the primary time since 2014.
The Bears positioned proper sort out Elijah Wilkinson on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist Sunday afternoon, and began Lachavious Simmons in his place.
Simmons struggled mightily to deal with the Bucs’ strain, contributing to Fields’ interception and two misplaced fumbles. The Bears changed Simmons with Alex Bars halfway via the second quarter.
Brady accomplished 15 of 28 passes for 149 yards, together with an 8-yard landing go to Mike Evans with 9 seconds to play within the second quarter.
The Bucs went for it on fourth-and-1 on the 11-yard line on the drive, and Leonard Fournette gained 2 yards. Brady then hit Evans on third down, their third landing connection of the half.
The Bears’ solely scoring drive within the half ended with Cairo Santos’ 28-yard subject objective within the second quarter.
Fields accomplished 10 of 17 passes for 66 yards and was sacked 4 instances. Khalil Herbert rushed 13 instances for 91 yards.
third quarter: A cease by the Bears protection
The Bears protection stopped the Bucs on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line late within the third quarter.
After the Bucs had first-and-goal from the two, Tom Brady threw a go to Mike Evans for no achieve and threw an incompletion. Ronald Jones II then gained 1 yard and was stopped for a lack of 1 yard.
It was a constructive flip after a really unhealthy sequence for the Bears that included defensive lineman Bilal Nichols being ejected from the sport for throwing a punch at middle Ryan Jensen.
On the earlier Bears drive, Justin Fields dedicated his fourth turnover of the sport within the third quarter when Jordan Whitehead intercepted him, and the Bucs offense took over on the Bears’ 17-yard line.
Fields was throwing a third-down go to Darnell Mooney when the soccer bounced off Mooney’s fingertips and into the arms of a diving Whitehead. It was Fields’ second interception to go along with two misplaced fumbles.
The Bears had third-and-2 on the 15-yard line earlier than Sam Mustipher was referred to as for offensive holding to set them again at third-and-12. Fields then threw the interception.
The Bucs then marched simply down the sphere, attending to the two on the Nichols penalty.
4th quarter: Bucs lengthen their lead
Bucs kicker Ryan Succop made a 22-yard subject objective for a 38-3 lead towards the Bears with 12:51 to play.
The Bucs bought the ball on Justin Fields’ third interception and fifth turnover of the sport. Fields was attempting to hit Allen Robinson however underthrew the go, and Pierre Desir stepped in for the interception.
Two performs later, Tom Brady threw a 34-yard go to Chris Godwin to get the Bucs to the Bears’ 1-yard line. Leonard Fournette misplaced 3 yards on a carry and Brady threw incomplete twice earlier than the Bucs turned to Succop.