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By the Numbers: Bears at Buccaneers | 2023 Week 2

Chicago Bears
18 Sep 2023, 16:37 GMT+10

Gabby Hajduk

Take a look at some of the notable numbers and stats from the Bears' Week 2 game against the Buccaneers in Tampa:

16th Career 100-yard receiving game by DJ Moore.

On Sunday, Moore recorded a team-high 104 yards - his first 100-yard receiving game as a Bear - on six receptions. Quarterback Justin Fields targeted Moore seven times Sunday.

Heading into Sunday, Moore had recorded 58 receptions and 766 receiving yards against Tampa Bay throughout his career, both his most versus any opponent. Those 766 receiving yards are also the most by any player against the Buccaneers since 2018.

Moore's production dramatically increased Sunday after the star receiver caught just two passes on two targets for 25 yards in Week 1 against the Packers.

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Moore showed off his playmaking ability on the Bears' first possession Sunday, using two explosive plays to fuel a touchdown drive.

Fields opened up the drive with a 33-yard pass to Moore before Moore took a short pass 31 yards on third down later in the possession to reach the red zone. Two plays later, Fields ran in a 1-yard touchdown.

171 Yards allowed to Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans.

The Bears defense struggled to contain the 10-year pro, who caught six passes for 171 yards and a touchdown Sunday afternoon. Evans generated multiple explosive plays, including a 32-yard touchdown reception in Tampa Bay's first drive of the second half.

Evans also recorded the game's longest play from scrimmage - a 70-yard catch from Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield in the second quarter.

52-yard Field goal by kicker Cairo Santos.

Santos' first 52-yard make of his career came in the second quarter to tie the game at 10-10. Santos' only other attempt from that distance was in 2018 when he played for Tampa Bay.

The veteran kicker has now made six field goals of 52 yards or more. Santos holds a career high off 55 yards, which he set in 2020 with the Bears.

7 Points allowed by Bears defense in second half.

After giving up a touchdown on the Buccaneers' opening drive of the third quarter, the Bears defense shut Tampa Bay down the remainder of the game.

The defense forced punts on the next three Tampa Bay possessions and allowed just two first downs in that span. In the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers totaled just 58 yards of offense on 16 plays.

Cornerback Greg Stroman Jr. - who started due to Kyler Gordon's absence - stepped up late in the game. He recorded a tackle-for-loss during Tampa Bay's second drive of the half, which set up third-and-long. On the Buccaneers' ensuing possession, Stroman tackled Evans short of the sticks on third down, forcing the Buccaneers to punt. The fifth-year pro also assisted linebacker Tremaine Edmunds on another third-down tackle during Tampa Bay's final offensive drive.

6 Sacks by Buccaneers defense.

The Bears offense anticipated a high volume of blitzes and quarterback pressures by Tampa Bay's defense heading into Sunday's game. Still, Fields was sacked six times Sunday for a total loss of 42 yards.

20-yard Touchdown catch by receiver Chase Claypool.

Claypool's fourth quarter score to bring the Bears within 20-17 marked his first touchdown catch with the Bears. The fourth-year pro - who the Bears acquired last Nov. 1 from the Steelers - now has 13 career TDs.

After not recording a catch last week, Claypool tallied three receptions for 36 yards Sunday. Claypool was targeted a team-high eight times against Tampa Bay.

103 degrees Heat index at Raymond James Stadium.

While it was a cool, rainy day in Chicago, the Bears faced high heat and humidity Sunday against the Buccaneers. According to the National Weather Service, the heat index was as high as 103 in Tampa during Sunday's game.

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