NFL Week 2 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27, Chicago Bears 17

2RW80AA Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) runs with the ball under pressure from Chicago Bears safety Elijah Hicks (22) and Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson (33) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

In one of the most entertaining games in the Week 2 early slate, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Chicago Bears by a score of 27-17. The Bucs move to 2-0 on the season, while the Bears drop to 0-2.

Offensive spotlight: Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was the offensive spotlight player from this game. While quarterback Baker Mayfield also played well, going 26-for-34 with 317 passing yards, one passing touchdown and an interception, Evans had a stat-stuffing day that deserves the nod.

Evans hauled in six of his eight targets for 171 receiving yards and the touchdown.

Defensive spotlight:  Buccaneers edge defender Shaquil Barrett has to be the choice for defensive spotlight. He recorded a sack in this game and the game-winning interception with about two minutes left.

Barrett, who led the NFL in sacks in 2019 with 19.5, had two interceptions to his name in his NFL career before today’s game. The touchdown part of it, however, was the first of his career.

Rookie spotlight: Bears rookie running back Roschon Johnson led the team in rush attempts, with four for 32 rushing yards (8.0 yards per carry). He also caught one pass for 8 yards on his only target. 

Box Score

Passing
Chicago Bears
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Justin Fields 16.7 16 / 29 211 7.3 1 2 6 61.1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Baker Mayfield 21.4 26 / 34 317 9.3 1 0 0 114.5
Rushing
Chicago Bears
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Justin Fields 16.7 4 3 0.8 1 5 0
Khalil Herbert 6.8 7 35 5.0 0 8 0
Roschon Johnson 6.2 4 32 8.0 0 29 0
Velus Jones Jr. -0.3 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3 0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Baker Mayfield 21.4 6 17 2.8 0 9 0
Rachaad White 21.3 17 73 4.3 1 13 0
Chase Edmonds 1.2 2 12 6.0 0 14 0
Deven Thompkins 1.1 1 11 11.0 0 11 0
Sean Tucker 0.7 8 7 0.9 0 7 0
Receiving
Chicago Bears
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
DJ Moore 19.4 7 6 104 14.9 17.3 0
Chase Claypool 12.6 8 3 36 4.5 12.0 1
Cole Kmet 7.8 6 4 38 6.3 9.5 0
Khalil Herbert 6.8 3 1 23 7.7 23.0 0
Roschon Johnson 6.2 2 2 10 5.0 5.0 0
Robert Tonyan 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0.0 0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
Mike Evans 32.1 8 6 171 21.4 28.5 1
Rachaad White 21.3 5 5 30 6.0 6.0 0
Chris Godwin 10.8 8 5 58 7.2 11.6 0
Cade Otton 10.1 6 6 41 6.8 6.8 0
Trey Palmer 3.0 2 1 20 10.0 20.0 0
Rakim Jarrett 1.7 1 1 7 7.0 7.0 0
David Wells 1.0 2 2 -10 -5.0 -5.0 0
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