The Chicago Bears (0-1) will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) in Week 2 action of the 2023 NFL season.
Chicago dropped its season opener last Sunday 38-20 to rival Green Bay. Bears signal caller Justin Fields turned it over twice in the loss. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay went on the road and beat Minnesota 20-17 to open the season. Baker Mayfield finished the day 21-for-34 for 173 yards and two scores in his Bucs debut.
Bears vs. Bucs Betting Odds
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Fixture: Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date & Time: Sunday, September 17, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Bears vs. Bucs Key Stats
The Chicago Bears’ Justin Fields struggled again in Week 1. He threw for 189 yards and a touchdown against a pick-six. He also added 59 yards and a fumble on nine attempts. Meanwhile, the Chicago rushing attack did well, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt on 29 carries.
Defensively, the Bears got picked apart by Green Bay starting quarterback Jordan Love. Chicago allowed the signal caller to throw for 237 yards and three touchdowns on a league-worst 8.5 net yards per attempt. Chicago was much more improved against the run, allowing the Packers just 2.9 yards per rush attempt.
The Buccaneers pulled off a Week 1 road victory despite an inefficient offensive display. Tampa Bay quarterback Baker Mayfield finished the day 21-for-34 for 169 and two touchdowns but played turnover-free football and added 11 yards on the ground. The Bucs rushed for just 73 tards on 33 attempts, with lead back Rachaad White going for just 39 yards on 17 carries.
It was a tale of two units for the Bucs last Sunday. The secondary coughed up 328 passing yards and two scores but forced an interception. However, the front seven had a fantastic afternoon. Tampa Bay held the Vikings to just 41 rushing yards and no touchdowns on 17 attempts.
Bears vs. Bucs Betting Prediction
I like the Bucs on Sunday. Tampa Bay is a stingy group against the run and should prove tricky against a Chicago team that loves to run the ball. Meanwhile, a suspect Buccaneers secondary should get back on track against an inefficient Justin Fields. So, let’s roll with Tampa to cover the spread in this Week 2 NFL tilt.