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Thursday Night Football open thread: Buccaneers at Bears

Two familiar foes take the stage.

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It’s a battle of two 3-1 teams heading in different directions on Thursday Night Football.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears will look to remain near the top of the NFC, but tonight’s game as features a flashback to one of the most memorable Super Bowls in recent memory. Tom Brady’s New England Patriots fell to the Nick Foles-led Philadelphia Eagles in Super LII, but both players will be wearing different colors in this matchup.

Tom Brady took over from Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay, and his first season outside of New England has been successful thus far. Three-straight victories over the Panthers, Broncos, and Chargers has them atop the NFC South, although last week’s game versus the Chargers was closely fought showdown. Tampa Bay is the top ranked team per DVOA, with a solid offense coupled with an outstanding defense. However, injuries have plagued the team thus far, with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy, Rob Gronkowski, Scotty Miller, and Justin Watson all on the injury report this week.

The Chicago Bears are indeed 3-1, but their trajectory looks much worse than Tampa’s. Every game so far has been ugly. Their wins have been against the late-collapsing Lions, the bottom-feeding Giants, and choking Falcons. Meanwhile, their first loss last week had a pitiful 19-11 scoreline. Nick Foles started over Mitchell Trubisky, but neither option seems good going forward. Foles had the last laugh against Tom Brady, but it seems likely that Brady’s team has the edge tonight.

Here’s how to watch tonight’s game:

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field - Chicago, IL
TV: FOX, NFL Network
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews & Kristina Pink
Online Stream/Replay: Twitch, NFL Gamepass