TAMPA, Fla .– The Bears’ 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday was difficult to watch, so some details would have been easy to miss. Here’s a look at three of them:
Escapes from the fields
When rookie quarterback Justin Fields fumbled in his preseason debut against the Dolphins, he brushed it off because it didn’t result in any turnover. But now he’s escaped six times during the season and lost two of his three fumbles on Sunday. “I am not concerned with his [ball] safety, ”said coach Matt Nagy.
Simmons is sitting
With Germain Ifedi injured and Elijah Wilkinson on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, the Bears promoted Lachavious Simmons from their practice squad to start in the right tackle. It didn’t last long. After Jason Pierre-Paul beat him to a strip-sack early in the second quarter, the Bears moved on to Alex Bars for the remainder of the game.
The Bears were the first team to give up 21 points in the first quarter in over two years, and the game was almost over by then. In their first eight possessions, they made three turnovers, made three punters, got a 28-yard field goal from Cairo Santos and returned it on downs near midfield.