Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the Chicago Bears-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 10 game, with the line from OddsShark.
Chicago Bears (2-6) at (-1.5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4), Sunday, 1 p.m.
Mike: Bears. The Bucs are dead last in big-play (pass plays of 25 yards or more, rushes of 10 yards or more) differential. Expect a big game from Jordan Howard, who’s averaging 5.1 yard per rush this season.
Andre: Bears. The Bears own an honor the Bucs held last season — the highest yards-per-play differential among non-playoff teams. The Bucs, meanwhile, have the second-worst yards-per-play differential this season.
Ricky: Bears. The Bucs are coming off back-to-back losses in which their defense was torched. The Bears, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive win over the Vikings followed by a bye. It’s always dicey putting too much stock into Jay Cutler’s good games because of the inevitable letdown that follows, but he actually looked solid is his return versus Minnesota and that trend should continue versus Tampa Bay’s 27th-ranked pass defense.
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