- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

CHICAGO (5-9) at TAMPA BAY (6-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 6-8, Tampa Bay 7-7

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 37-18

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Buccaneers 21-13, Nov. 23, 2014

LAST WEEK - Bears lost to Vikings 38-17; Buccaneers lost to Rams 31-23

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 23, Buccaneers No. 21





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bears have won two straight and four of past five overall in series between franchises that were once division rivals in old NFC Central. … Bears QB Jay Cutler has won all three career starts vs. Bucs. He’s topped 3,000 yards passing for seventh time in career, throwing for 3,258 with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. … Bears RB Jeremy Langford is third among NFL rookies with six rushing TDs. … Bucs coach Lovie Smith is third all-time winningest coach in Bears history behind George Halas and Mike Ditka, compiling 81-63 record in nine seasons from 2004-12. He led Bears to three division titles, two NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance. … Bucs QB Jameis Winston threw for career-high 363 yards in last week’s loss at St. Louis. He’s one of four rookie QBs in league history to finish with at least 3,000 yards passing, 20 TD passes and five rushing TDs. Others were Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. … Bucs RB Doug Martin in second in NFL in rushing with 1,305 yards, 9 yards behind Adrian Peterson. … Bucs WR Mike Evans has 66 receptions for 1,046 yards. He had nine catches for 157 yards last week. … Bucs had over 500 yards total offense against Rams, topping mark for second time. They are one of two teams with multiple games of 500-plus yards this year; Steelers have three. … Fantasy Tip: With Bucs WR Vincent Jackson (knee) likely to be sidelined for second straight week, Winston will look for Evans a lot. Second-year receiver was targeted 17 times against St. Louis. QB’s two TD passes against Rams, though, went to TEs Luke Stocker and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.


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