Jameis Winston threw for 204 yards and one landing Sunday, serving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers return from an unscheduled bye week pressured by Hurricane Irma to open the season with a 29-7 rout of the error-susceptible Chicago Bears.
The protection stymied former teammate Mike Glennon with 4 turnovers. Robert McClain returned one of many quarterback’s two interceptions for a TD, and the Bucs did not let the Bears into the top zone till Deonte Thompson scored on a 14-yard reception with 1:forty three remaining.
The Bucs (1-zero) dominated regardless of having a brief week of follow following the huge storm that pressured postponement of the group’s scheduled season opener at Miami.
Winston accomplished 18 of 30 passes with out an interception. He threw a thirteen-yard TD move to Mike Evans, who had seven catches for ninety three yards.
Glennon, who signed with Chicago as a free agent final winter, was 31 of forty five for 301 yards and two interceptions in his return to Raymond James Stadium. The Bears (zero-2) completed with 310 yards complete offense, 1 yard lower than a Bucs offense that hasn’t had a lot work prior to now month.
By the point he lined as much as face the Bears, Winston hadn’t taken a snap in a recreation in three weeks. Eight regulars, together with Evans, receiver DeSean Jackson, linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive deal with Gerald McCoy, hadn’t seen recreation motion in a month.
The Bucs insisted, although, that they might not use rustiness as an excuse if that they had a much less-than-sharp debut. The best way the Bears performed, the layoff by no means had an opportunity to turn into a problem.
After opening the season with a strong efficiency in a 23-17 loss to defending NFC champion Atlanta, the Bears turned over the ball 4 occasions within the opening half, serving to Winston construct a 26-zero halftime lead.
If Chicago had a bonus getting into the sport, it figured to be Glennon’s information of the Tampa Bay protection. The fifth-yr professional confronted it in follow every single day the previous 4 seasons, the final two as Winston’s backup.
And whereas the Bears did have some success shifting the ball, the barrage of turnovers was an excessive amount of to beat.
Glennon’s first-half miscues led to 2 touchdowns. Rookie Tarik Cohen’s ailing-suggested choice to scoop a punt off the bottom and run with it deep in Bears territory arrange Tampa Bay’s first TD, Winston’s thirteen-yard cross to Evans.
Noah Spence sacked Glennon, forcing a second-quarter fumble that led to Jacquizz Rodgers’ 1-yard TD run. McClain’s interception and return up the sideline on Chicago’s subsequent possession hiked the result in 23-zero.
Bears: OL Tom Compton (hip) and LB Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) didn’t play within the second half.
Buccaneers: Alexander left the sport within the second quarter with a hamstring damage and didn’t return.
Bears: Return residence to face Pittsburgh.
Buccaneers: Play street opener at Minnesota, which performed Sunday with out QB Sam Bradford.