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Bears resume preparing to face Bucs

After a day off Tuesday, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Returning to action following their bye week, the Bears (2-6) will look to win back-to-back games for the first time since last Nov. 9 and 15 when they defeated the Chargers and Rams. Chicago is in last place in the NFC North behind the Vikings (5-3), Lions (5-4) and Packers (4-4).


Quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 156 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay last season.

The Buccaneers (3-5) have allowed 73 points in losing their last two games to the Raiders 30-24 and Falcons 43-28, both at home. They are 3-17 in Tampa since the beginning of the 2014 season, including 0-4 this year. The Bears, however, are 0-4 on the road this season.

The Buccaneers offense is led by quarterback Jameis Winston, who has completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,037 yards with 17 touchdowns, nine interceptions and an 85.4 passer rating.

The Bears lead the all-time series with the Buccaneers 38-18 and have won three straight. They won the last meeting 26-21 last Dec. 27 in Tampa. The defense generated three takeaways and the offense scored on six of its final eight possessions as the Bears snapped a three-game skid. Ka'Deem Carey scored both Bears TDs on a 1-yard run and 1-yard reception from Jay Cutler.

Entering Week 10, the Bears rank 15th in the NFL in offense (24th in rushing and 12th passing) and 12th in defense (14th against the run and 12th versus the pass). The Buccaneers rank 14th in offense (15th rushing and 17th passing) and 28th in defense (25th versus the run and 27th versus the pass). will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach John Fox will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will be available Wednesday, while offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will speak Thursday.

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