It was a scorcher in Tampa on Sunday, but unfortunately the offense, once again, couldn’t heat up as the Bears lost to the Buccaneers 27-17. The winning quarterback was Baker Mayfield, going 26/34, throwing for 317 yards and a touchdown, with a QB rating of 114.5. The leading receiver for Tampa was Mike Evans, and he had a monster of a game. He caught six passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, the Bucs leading rusher was Rachaad White, who rushed 17 times for 73 yards and a touchdown.
For the Bears, it was a much more competitive game than the opener against Green Bay. Despite this, QB Justin Fields had a rough day, going 16/29, throwing for 211 yards, a touchdown (plus a rushing TD), and two interceptions, both of which came in the fourth quarter, and one of which was returned for a touchdown to put the Bears out of the game. The leading receiver for Chicago was DJ Moore, who really started to get into a groove after only getting two targets against the Packers. He caught six passes for 104 yards. Chase Claypool, after being ridiculed by many fans for his effort against Green Bay, made three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown, his first as a Bear. On the ground, it was a two-man show. Khalil Herbert rushed seven times for 35 yards, and rookie Roschon Johnson ran four times for 32 yards, however, 29 of those yards came on one play.
The Bears now find themselves 0-2 on the season, last in the NFC North. They will head to Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. All we can hope for is a competitive game at least.
By Jermale Dabney, Junior, Lindblom Math and Science Academy
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