Bears QB Justin Fields says he was “a little bit too conservative” last week and settled for screens and swing passes rather than trying to make a play downfield. Considering the Bears are banking on him to grow as a passer, it was an ominous start to his third season. Fields was 24 of 37 for 216 yards, lost a fumble and had an interception returned for a touchdown as the Packers pulled away in the second half. He also ran for 59 yards.
Now the Packers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are coming off a confidence boosting week one win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Baker Mayfield shrugged off a slow start to win his debut for his fourth team in a little more than two years, completing 21 of 34 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over against the Vikings, giving his defense a chance to keep the Bucs in the game until Mayfield could get the offense on track.
Fields, who was sacked four times in Chicago’s season-opening loss to Green Bay, against an aggressive Bucs defense led by LBs Devin White, Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett. Coach Todd Bowles says it’ll take a disciplined, team effort to contain the Bears QB, who has 13 games with 50-plus yards rushing.
Bears running backs combined for just 63 of Chicago’s 122 yards rushing last week and averaged 3.3 yards per attempt while WR DJ Moore was targeted only two times in his Bears debut, after Chicago acquired him from Carolina for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Darnell Mooney had four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown last week.
The Bucs defense allowed 41 yards rushing in Week 1, tied with the 49ers for the fewest in the league. The unit also had three takeaways against the Vikings.
Game time is noon Sunday.