Just as alarmingly, the Bears are 0-7 in September under Fox. And with games against the Steelers and Packers remaining this month, Sunday is as good a chance as any to end that streak.
Here’s our snapshot look at the game:
Player in the spotlight
Leonard Floyd enters Week 2 intent on jump-starting his second NFL season. In the opener against the Falcons, he was quieter than his standout preseason indicated he would be. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan stymied the Bears pass rush by getting rid of the ball quickly, and on some plays Floyd simply didn’t win his block.
Now he heads back to Tampa, where he had 11/2 sacks last year in the Bears’ 36-10 loss in Week 10. Both sacks were effort sacks. He sustained his pass rush while quarterback Jameis Winston extended the play.
But the play that sticks with Floyd 10 months later is one he didn’t make. Winston was standing at his own 18-yard line when he caught the shotgun snap. As Floyd and others pressured him, he retreated into the Bucs end zone, zigging and zagging, before stepping back up and completing a 39-yard pass to convert third-and-10.
“You can’t run at him full speed,” Floyd said Friday. “You have to run at him with a sense of urgency, knowing he’s going to do some type of elusive move. You have to be smart when you get close to him.”
Floyd’s back bothered him enough during Friday’s practice that the Bears listed him as questionable on the injury report.
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