The Week 5 edition of “Thursday Night Football” will pit a pair of very different 3-1 teams against each other.
Leading the Buccaneers is the GOAT, Tom Brady, whose squad is a 3.5-point favorite despite playing on the road and being without several key starters.
Tight end O.J. Howard was lost for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s win over the Chargers. Receivers Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (chest) and running back LeSean McCoy (ankle) have been ruled out of Thursday night’s game at Soldier Field. Additionally, running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) is doubtful while receivers Mike Evans (ankle) and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) are questionable.
Of the six players on the Buccaneers’ injury list, only Miller was able to practice Wednesday, and just in a limited capacity.
The Bears are led by Nick Foles, who took over the starting job from Mitchell Trubisky midway through the team’s Week 3 game against the Falcons and led Chicago to a comeback victory. Many will remember Foles as the hero of the Eagles’ Super Bowl 52 championship run, but Foles looked far from the QB who took down Brady and the Patriots in 2018 in last weekend’s 19-11 loss to the Colts. He completed 26 of 42 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Bears suffered their first loss of the season.
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Buccaneers vs. Bears score
Buccaneers vs. Bears live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’
10:53 p.m. — Bears had a good drive and got into the red zone, but a big loss on first down and a false start penalty backs them up. Cairo Santos is able to connect from 47 yards out though and Chicago takes a 17-16 lead with 10:34 to play.
10:43 p.m. — End of 3Q: Tampa Bay 16, Chicago 14. Bears have the ball, second and 6 at their own 47 to start the fourth quarter.
10:37 p.m. — Brady is not happy after an ugly possession littered with penalties ends in a punt. Chicago gets the ball back at its own 12-yard line, 2:47 left in the third quarter.
10:27 p.m. — The Bucs are sending heavy pressure towards Nick Foles as the Bears go three and out. After a block in the back during the kick by Chicago, Tampa Bay gets the ball at the 50-yard line, 7:16 left in the third quarter.
10:19 p.m. — Big gain for Tampa Bay as Ronald Jones gets 37 yards on the first play of the drive. But a Khalil Mack sack and a block in the back penalty stalls out the drive. Succop hits a 46-yard field goal and now the Bucs lead, 16-14 with 9:04 left in the third quarter.
10:12 p.m. — Chicago goes three and out to start the half and the Bucs take over at their own 32-yard line with 12:15 remaining in the third quarter.
10:08 p.m. — Bears get the ball to start the second half. Patterson returns it 39 yards to the 31-yard line.
9:53 p.m. — HALF: Chicago 14, Tampa Bay 13.
9:51 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN BEARS. Foles finds Jimmy Graham, who hauls it down with one hand in the back corner of the end zone. Chicago leads 14-13 with 36 seconds left in the first half.
9:47 p.m. — After the review, it’s ruled that the Bucs fumbled after a huge hit by Kyle Fuller. Bears have the ball at the Tampa Bay 27-yard line with 1:31 to play in the half and two timeouts.
9:39 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN BEARS. David Montgomery punches it in from 3 yards out. The Bucs lead 13-7 with 1:48 left in the first half.
9:35 p.m. — A 25-yard completion on a swing pass from Foles to Patterson sets up a first and goal at the 3-yard line as we hit the 2-minute warning.
9:25 p.m. — The Bucs move the ball down field but stall out in the red zone. Succop hits a 35-yard field goal and Tampa Bay leads 13-0 with 7:03 left in the second half.
9:17 p.m. — The Bucs go for it on fourth down and 1 inside their own 20-yard line, and Brady converts on a QB sneak. Bold move but it pays off.
9:10 p.m. — Foles misses a couple of throws and the Bears stall out. Tampa Bay takes over at its own 9-yard line with 13:59 left in the first half.
9:05 p.m. — End of 1Q: Tampa Bay 10, Chicago 0. Bears have the ball, first and 10 at their own 48-yard line to start the second quarter.
9:02 p.m. — Cordarrelle Patterson gets a nice 46-yard return and the Bears start this drive in solid field position.
9:00 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN BUCS. Brady hits Mike Evans on a slant into the end zone on third and goal. Tampa Bay leads 10-0 with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.
8:51 p.m. — Foles converts a couple of first downs, but gets greedy as he tries to hit Robinson one-on-one on the outside. Robinson tips the ball up and Carlton Davis picks it off. Tampa Bay has the ball back at midfield with 3:27 left in the first quarter.
8:45 p.m. — The Buccaneers go three and out. Chicago gets the ball back at its own 25-yard line with 5:39 to play in the first quarter.
8:40 p.m. — Foles misses a wide open Allen Robinson on third and short and the Bears punt on their first drive. Tampa Bay takes over at its own 14-yard line, 7:07 left in the first quarter.
8:34 p.m. — Brady can’t quite connect with tight end Tanner Hudson, overthrowing him in the end zone once and then Hudson dropping a pass on third down. Tampa Bay settles for a 39-yard field goal and Ryan Succop connects. Bucs lead 3-0 with 9:48 left in the first quarter.
8:25 p.m. — Chicago gets things kicked off and Tom Brady will lead the Bucaneers out for the first drive.
‘Thursday Night Football’ start time
- Date : Thursday, Oct. 8
- Kickoff time : 8:20 p.m. ET
All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, now with more TV options thanks to the addition of Fox to the broadcast in Week 5.
This will be Tom Brady’s first prime-time game as a member of the Buccaneers after spending the entirety of his NFL career prior to 2020 with the Patriots. The Bears will also be in prime time for the first time this season. Brady and the Bucs return to prime time in a big way starting in Week 7, with three straight weeks of games under the lights.
NFL Week 5 schedule
Below is the complete schedule for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season.
Thursday, Oct. 8
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Buccaneers at Bears||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV|
Sunday, Oct. 11
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Rams at WFT||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Eagles at Steelers||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Cardinals at Jets||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Raiders at Chiefs||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Jaguars at Texans||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Bengals at Ravens||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Panthers at Falcons||1 p.m.||FOX, fuboTV|
|Dolphins at 49ers||4:05 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Giants at Cowboys||4:25 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Colts at Browns||4:25 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Vikings at Seahawks||8:20 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
Monday, Oct. 12
Tuesday, Oct. 13
|Bills at Titans||7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|