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NFC South: Tampa Bay Buccaneers On Top; Week 7 Outlook

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed the top spot in their victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and the Carolina Panthers will try to snag a victory after a long drought.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears:  The Bucs are riding high off a division win over the Saints and are currently holding the top spot in the NFC South.  They will play the “home” team in Wembley Stadium this Sunday against the Bears.

Tampa Bay rallied from an embarrassing loss last week and have a high confidence level going into this game.  QB Josh Freeman displayed coolness in the pocket and the offense was outstanding against the Saints.

The Bucs defense proved to be a force to be respected and forced Saints QB Drew Brees into a game high 3 interceptions.  I think they will do the same against Bears QB Jay Cutler.

Cutler showed better poise against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday and was able to make better decisions with time.  WR Devin Hester will need to be heavily involved as well as RB Matt Forte.

The Bears defense will need to get Freeman with extreme prejudice and take him down before he gets a chance to scramble out.  The secondary will get a workout against the Bucs if Freeman gets too much time in the pocket.

My pick for the winner:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers