BEARS: Play at Wembley for 1st time since American Bowl on 8/3/86. Head coach Lovie Smith was LB coach for TB from 1996-2000…QB Jay Culter won only career start vs. TB (10/5/08 w/ Den.). In career (incl. playoffs), when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 24-0…RB Matt Forte leads NFL with 908 scrimmage yards & is only player in NFL with 500+ rush (527) & 350+ rec. (381) yards. His 908 scrim. yards account for 46.2 pct. of team’s offense, highest in NFL. In only meeting, had 155 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 66 rec.) & rec. TD…WR-KR-PR Devin Hester had 98-yard KR-TD last week & holds NFL record for most PR-TDs (11) & combined KR-TDs (16). Since start of 2010, WR Johnny Knox is averaging 18.7 yards per catch (1,255 yards, 67 rec.), 3rd best mark in NFL (min. 60 catches)…In 15 games vs. TB, DE Julius Pepper has 15.5 sacks, 46-yard INT-TD, 3 FFs & FR. Since entering NFL in 2002, has 93 sacks, 3rd most in league. LB Lance Briggs aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with INT or FF. S Chris Harris had INT in last meeting (12/6/09 w/ Car.)
BUCCANEERS: Play 2nd International Series game in London (’09). QB Josh Freeman threw 1st NFL pass in 2009 London game vs. NE. In career, when he starts & has 100+ rating, Bucs are 7-1…When RB LeGarrette Blount has 18+ carries, team is 7-1. In those 8 games, Blount has rushed for 834 yards (104.3 per game) & 5 TDs. RB Earnest Graham rushed for 109 yards last week, 1st 100-yard game since 9/28/08 (111 vs. GB)…WR Mike Williams has 4+ rec. in 5 of 6 games in ’11. WR Preston Parker leads team with 268 rec. yards. TE Kellen Winslow has catch in 82 games in row. CB Ronde Barber has started 189 consecutive games, most by CB in NFL history. Only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (26) & 40+ INTs (41). Has 3.5 sacks, 2 INTs, FF & 24-yard FR-TD in career vs. Chi. DE Adrian Clayborn & LB Mason Foster tie for 2nd among NFC rookies with 2 sacks. CB Aqib Talib had 23-yard INT in 2009 London game. TB ranks 2nd in NFL holding foes to 18.8 avg. drive start on KOs.