Mitch Trubisky throws six TD passes as Bears embarrass Bucs, 48-10
Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times, published 1 October 2018

The only quarterback debate Sunday was how many touchdown passes Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky would throw in the game. The Bears second-year quarterback shredded the Bucs defense for six touchdown passes, including five in the first half, as Chicago embarrassed Tampa Bay 48-10 Sunday.

It was the second-straight loss by the Bucs (2-2), who have allowed 30 and 35 points in the first half of their losses to the Steelers and Bears, respectively. Jameis Winston got his old job back, starting the second half for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was ineffective in only leading Tampa Bay to a field goal Sunday.

The pixie dust ran out for Fitzmagic, who went 9-of-18 passing for 126 yards with an interception. He also was sacked twice. Winston took over to start the third quarter, and his first possession ended with an interception when his hand was hit during a pass attempt by Khalil Mack. Nonetheless, Winston completed 16 of 20 passes for 145 yards with a touchdown to Cameron Brate and two INTs.

It won't matter who plays quarterback if the Bucs are going to continue to play this kind of defense. Trubisky's sixth touchdown pass came with 10:28 remaining in the third quarter. Entering Sunday's game, he had two all season. In fact, Trubisky had thrown only seven TDs in 330 pass attempts, but needed only 22 against the Bucs to find the end zone six times.

To make matters worse, Bucs tight end O.J. Howard suffered a knee injury in the first half and did not return to the game.