First quarter: Bears 7, Bucs 2

Jay Cutler hasn't been on for the Bears, but Matt Forte has. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

LONDON -- Matt Forte closed in on becoming the first player in seven years to reach 1,000 yards from scrimmage after just seven games Sunday when he broke a 32-yard touchdown in the opening quarter to lead the Bears to a 7-2 advantage over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium.

Tampa Bay’s first-quarter points came courtesy of a safety, but the club came close to scoring a touchdown.

Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson picked off an errant Jay Cutler pass intended for Marion Barber, and returned it 43 yards before stepping out of bounds at the Chicago 12.

Rookie safety Chris Conte seemingly erased the Cutler error on the next play when he stripped the ball from Mike Williams for an interception at the Chicago 2.

But Ronde Barber tilted the advantage back in Tampa Bay’s favor by dropping Forte for a 2-yard loss in the end zone on the next play, resulting in a safety.

Forte’s scoring run started up the right sideline, but the running back juked a defender and cut back inside to take the ball in for the touchdown. After the first quarter, Forte needs just 12 yards to become the first player -- any position -- since 2004 to gain 1,000 yards from scrimmage after the first seven games.

Forte currently has 78 yards rushing and 2 receiving.