The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had high expectations when they signed Tom Brady, and the veteran quarterback may have even exceeded them as the team heads to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. Brady has led the Bucs (3-1) to three straight wins after a rocky opener, and Tampa Bay's defense has been doing its part. The Bears (3-1) lost their first game with Nick Foles as the starting quarterback in Week 4, but they also have a top-flight defense that can keep them in any game.
Kickoff from Chicago is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is a field-goal favorite in the latest Buccaneers vs. Bears odds from William Hill, while the over-under is 44.5. Before locking in any Bears vs. Buccaneers picks, make sure you see the latest Thursday Night Football predictions from SportsLine's proven projection model.
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- Buccaneers vs. Bears spread: Tampa Bay -3
- Buccaneers vs. Bears over-under: 44.5 points
- Buccaneers vs. Bears money line: Tampa Bay -170, Chicago +150
- TB: The Buccaneers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games as a road favorite
- CHI: The Bears are 1-8 ATS in their last nine contests following a straight-up loss
Why the Buccaneers can cover
Brady won six Super Bowls despite often playing with limited options in New England, but he has talent all over the field in Tampa Bay, which is 4-1 against the spread in its last five road games. Receiver Mike Evans has scored in five straight games and has 17 catches for 230 yards this season. Scotty Miller has stepped up with Pro Bowl wideout Chris Godwin out with a hamstring injury, and the slot man has 15 catches for a team-high 250 yards and a score.
The Bucs are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game, and Brady threw TD passes to five receivers in a 38-31 win against the Chargers in Week 4.
Why the Bears can cover
Foles, who completed 26-of-42 attempts for 249 yards with a touchdown and an interception on Sunday, has performed well against Tampa Bay during his career. The 31-year-old has faced the Buccaneers four times, throwing for 1,104 yards with six passing TDs and a pair of rushing scores. Foles will be focusing on Allen Robinson II, who leads the Bears with 25 catches and 331 receiving yards.
The 27-year-old Robinson was targeted 10 times on Sunday and finished with seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, marking the second straight game in which he reached triple-digits in yards and found the end zone. Robinson has produced for the Bears on Thursday Night Football, recording 23 catches for 333 yards and two scores in four appearances. Tight end Jimmy Graham also enjoys the big stage, as he has hauled in seven TD passes in 10 Thursday Night Football games.
How to make Buccaneers vs. Bears picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says both starting quarterbacks will be held under 250 passing yards. It also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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