Another One Gets Away From Tampa Bay

Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

Lovie Smith led the Buccaneers into Chicago on Sunday, where he coached the Bears for nine seasons. It was a happy homecoming for Smith and other ex-Bears through one half of the game as Tampa Bay carried a 10-0 lead into the locker room.

From there, the offense imploded. After Jay Cutler hit Alshon Jeffery for a two-yard touchdown early in the third, the Bears took advantage of Tampa Bay mistakes throughout the rest of the afternoon. They turned two Bucs turnovers into two touchdowns in a span of a minute and forty-nine seconds to take a 21-10 lead.

Tampa Bay’s Patrick Murray connected on a 39-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 21-13 in the fourth quarter but that was all the offense could muster up in a disappointing second-half effort.

Josh McCown threw for 341 yards and a touchdown on the day but also turned the ball over three times. Rookie receiver Mike Evans caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, tying him with Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin for most touchdown receptions among rookies this season.

Tampa Bay (2-9) hosts the Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1) next Sunday at 1.