Heading into the 2016 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were considered by many football experts to being on the verge of turning into a perenially winning team. The main reason for the optimism was due to the success of quarterback Jameis Winston, who ended up being one of the top offensive rookies in the NFL last year. While the Buccaneers only ended up winning six games and losing ten, the team looked poised to take a step forward.
While the Buccaneers were expected by many to take a step forward this year, the team has gotten off to a slower than expected start. Through the first half of the year, the Buccanners have a record of just three wins and five losses and are three games behind divisional leader, the Atlanta Falcons. Part of the struggles have been due to injury, particularly because of the loss of star running back Doug Martin.
While the Buccaneers have not had a good start to the season, many are optimistic that the team can have a stong second half and even compete for a place in the playoffs. The start of the second half of the season starts this Sunday afternoon when the team will host the Chicago Bears. According to a recent article (http://thespun.com/nfl/bears-vs-bucs-prediction-preview-spread-channel), many expec that the Bucs will be able to beat the Bears and get the second half off on the right foot.
While the Bears are the favorites in Las Vegas, many people are not properly estimating the impact that the Bucs will have in the game. Star quarterback Jameis Winston has seemed to found his stride in the past few weeks. In the last week he was able to finally connect with Mike Evans, the star receiver, on a consistent basis. While the team lost to the Falcons in a shootout, it is unlikley that the Bears will be able to keep up with the Bucs on a regular basis during the four-quarter game.