Buccaneers AfterMath: The Bears expose the truth. There is no spoon. Or defense.


In The Matrix, Neo, the main protagonist, watches in wonder as a child bends a spoon. ‘Do not try and bend the spoon,’ the child says. ‘That’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.

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Today, you might feel as if you’ve been fooled. A couple of weeks ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sitting atop their division with a 2-0 record.


Sure, there was evidence that it was real. You watched the Bucs beat the Saints and the Eagles with your very own eyes.


The signs were there. They allowed 40 points against the Saints. They allowed the Eagles climb back from a 27-7 deficit. They allowed 30 points in the first half against the Steelers.

Mitchell Trubisky, who lit up the Bucs for six touchdown passes in the Bears’ 48-10 win Sunday, led us to the truth:

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Buccaneers AfterMath: The Bears expose the truth. There is no spoon. Or defense.


What happened: In 30 minutes, the Bears went touchdown, punt, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, field goal. The Bucs went punt, punt, field goal, punt, punt, interception.


‘I’ve been in the league for nine years and never got beat like that,’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. ‘Never, ever got beat like that.’

What changed: Remember when safety Isaiah Johnson ran full-speed into a wall early in the game against the Steelers a week ago?


Much of what happened Sunday was set in motion before the Bucs and Bears played a snap. Before the Bucs and Steelers played a snap. Before the Bucs played a snap this season. Their defensive struggles predate training camp, the draft and free agency. Their struggles even predate defensive coordinator Mike Smith’s first play call.

  • Publisher: Tampa Bay Times
  • Author: Thomas Bassinger
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Chicago Bears HC Nagy, QB Trubisky remain confident, aggressive

It’s often a split-second decision for a quarterback, whether to go for the big play or the safe play, and it can be quite a conundrum.

Most quarterbacks have some gunslinger in their DNA, but they’re also keenly aware of the importance of avoiding turnovers. Long before the moment of truth arrives ‘ chuck it or check it down — there’s a mindset that influences the final decision.

Although the Bears stand atop the NFC North with a 2-1 record, they have just four pass plays of 20 yards or longer, while their opponents have 10. So clearly there’s room for improvement on an offense that has benefited from the team’s relentless defense but knows it must do a better job of carrying its weight.

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How do you stop Khalil Mack? ‘Put, like, three guys on him’

Khalil Mack is one of the NFL’s true game-wreckers, the kind of guy who can make a significant impact even if his opponent puts together the most careful gameplan to try to stop him from doing so.


‘I was talking to Saints coach Sean Payton over the weekend, and the Khalil Mack trade to Chicago came up. ‘The last time we played Oakland [Week 1 2016], we put in a special protection for him,’ Payton said. If Mack lined up outside the right tackle to rush, the Saints’ tight end would line up on the right side and chip him as he rushed. If Mack lined up opposite the left tackle, the tight end would shift left. The Saints called it ‘Mack Protection’ in the gameplan that week.’

  • Publisher: NBC Sports Chicago
  • Date: 2018-09-03T15:42:13-05:00
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PFT’s Week Three picks

The good news? I picked up a game on MDS, knotting the competition through two weeks. The bad news? I was 9-7 again, 18-14 for the year.

This week, we disagree on three games. Barring (another) tie on one of those games, one of us will take the lead.

So scroll down for our straight-up picks. And check out the video for this week’s Best Bets. MDS was 1-2 last week (3-3 for the year), and I also was 1-2 (2-3-1 for the year).


MDS’s take: The Browns are favored! That doesn’t happen often. And when it does happen, my advice is bet the underdogs.

  • Publisher: ProFootballTalk
  • Date: 2018-09-20T16:05:03+00:00
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