By Valerie Wardlaw -It was overcast and rainy in Tampa Bay on Sunday but that did not prevent the defending Super Bowl Champions Buccaneers (6-1) from routing the Chicago Bears (3-4)in what can only be described as a humiliating loss.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reached another milestone, becoming the first player to throw 600 career touchdown passes. Brady completed 20 of 36, 211 yards and four touchdowns. When asked about this feat, Brady talked about his teammates acknowledging that “there’s nothing about this sport that you do by yourself. It’s the ultimate team sport.”
On this given Sunday, the extraordinary skills of wide receiver Mike Evans were on display as he scored three touchdowns – one of which represented Brady’s 600th career touchdown pass. A generous Evans did not recognize the significance of that ball, offered it to an excited fan who graciously returned it. A grateful Brady said, “I don’t keep many things, but in that circumstance, I felt like that might be a good one to keep”. Brady acknowledged that the Bucs are fortunate to have Evans calling him “an incredible receiver, so gifted in every way”. Evans is fast becoming one of Brady’s favorite red-zone targets and a potent offensive weapon, The Bucs offensive weapons contributors during Sunday’s game were running back Leonard Fournette with a two-yard touchdown run, wide receiver Chris Godwin, a four-yard touchdown pass, and Evans, grabbing nine, two and eight-yards touchdown passes.
It was a tough day for rookie Bears quarterback Justin Fields as the Buccaneer defensive play was unrelenting. Fields was 22 for 32, 184 yards and three interceptions. The young quarterback finished with a total of five turnovers, including three fumbles. In his post-game interview, Fields reflecting on his performance said, “I’m going to keep going. That’s just the fact. And that’s just who I am”.
The Buccaneers were without the play of wide receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Rob Gronkowski. And on the defensive side, linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Richard Sherman.
Next up for the Buccaneers, a division meeting with the New Orleans Saints.