The protection for Jay Cutler has slightly improved thanks to more blockers kept in on passing downs.
Here is a look at hypothetical propositional wagers between the Bears and Buccaneers.
First team to score
Bears. In the last five games, the Buccaneers have managed just nine points — three field goals — in first quarters. They definitely have not been an early-scoring team, typically waiting until the second half to make their move. I think the Bears, like last week, will jump out early and get on the scoreboard first.
First Bears player to score
Matt Forte. The Buccaneers have allowed five rushing touchdowns this season, not an obscene amount by any stretch but it ties them for 10th-most in the league and just three less than the league high. I feel a strong game from Forte is in the cards and the Bears need to get him in the end zone.
First Bears player to catch a pass
Devin Hester. Assuming he plays, of course, Hester should be integrated into the offense right away. Roy ...