Thursday, October 8th will mark the 149th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. Legend has it that the fire started when a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn on the O’Leary farm. Located on DeKoven Street, just blocks from where Soldier Field stands today. The blaze would consume thousands of buildings and tragically kill over 300 people. Following the blaze, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth.
The 3-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel into Soldier Field this Thursday and take on the 3-1 Chicago Bears. The Buccaneers lost in week one and have won three in a row since. The Bears won their first three games, then lost last week. With a combined six wins to just two losses between them, this Thursday night matchup should be a good one.
Just Like Old Times
The Bears lead the all-time series 39-20, but it goes deeper than that. This is an old NFC Central matchup. An old school black and blue division game. The Bears are the only team the Buccaneers have shut out twice. The Bears on the other hand have shut the Buccaneers out five times. For twenty-five years these two teams beat on each other twice a year. Fans should expect nothing less this Thursday.
With realignment in 2002, the Buccaneers moved to the newly created NFC South. They would still travel back to play the Bears that year. A season finale victory that would lead right into postseason glory that ended with an NFL Championship.
Siege The Day
As much as Buccaneers fans have come to accept their NFC South rivalries, the NFC Central will always be a part of their DNA. In 2020, the Buccaneers play all four of their former NFC Norris opponents. With Da Bears being the first on the slate. It is time to exorcise old gridiron demons. Tom Brady and the rest of the Brady bunch have some historical scores to be settling.
Following the 1871 fire, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development. In 2020, it is the Buccaneers who have done the reconstructing. In the last three weeks, the team has started to show the development expected for a playoff contender.