QBs Baker Mayfield and Justin Fields will be going toe to toe on September 17, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) and Chicago Bears (0-1) play at Raymond James Stadium. In the piece below, we take a look at the numbers to decide which signal caller is more likely to carry his team to victory.

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Buccaneers vs. Bears Game Info

  • Game Date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
  • Time: 1:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Raymond James Stadium
  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • TV: FOX
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo!

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Baker Mayfield vs. Justin Fields Matchup

Baker Mayfield 2022 Stats Justin Fields
12 Games Played 15
60% Completion % 60.4%
2,163 (180.3) Passing Yards (Per Game) 2,242 (149.5)
10 Touchdowns 17
8 Interceptions 11
89 (7.4) Rushing Yards (Per game) 1,143 (76.2)
1 Rushing Touchdowns 8

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Bears Defensive Stats

  • Last year, the Bears ranked 32nd in the league with 27.2 points allowed per contest, and they ranked 29th in total yards allowed with 375.9 given up per game.
  • When it came to stopping the pass, Chicago ranked 18th in the NFL with 3,716 passing yards allowed (218.6 per game) and 32nd in yards allowed per pass attempt (7.7).
  • Against the run, the Bears were one of the lesser defenses in the league, allowing the second-most rushing yards in the NFL (157.3 per game). Meanwhile, they ranked 32nd with 31 rushing touchdowns allowed.
  • On defense, Chicago ranked 32nd in the NFL in terms of third-down efficiency allowed, with a mark of 49%. It was 28th in red-zone percentage allowed at 64.5%.

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Buccaneers Defensive Stats

  • Last season, the Buccaneers ranked 13th in the NFL in points allowed (21.1 per game) and 10th in total yards allowed (324.3 per game).
  • When it came to defending the pass, Tampa Bay was one of the best defenses in the league, ranking 10th in the NFL by surrendering 203.6 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, it ranked sixth with 6.1 yards allowed per pass attempt.
  • Against the run, the Buccaneers surrendered 2,052 total rushing yards (15th in NFL) and ranked 19th in yards allowed per rush attempt (4.5).
  • On defense, Tampa Bay ranked 26th in the NFL in red-zone percentage allowed (62.5%) and sixth in third-down efficiency allowed (36.9%).

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