True or false: Is Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields too hesitant in the passing game? Has Chase Claypool turned a corner?

Well, that wasn’t pleasant was it?

Coming off a 38-20 home loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, the Chicago Bears had designs on getting back up Sunday in their visit to Raymond James Stadium. Instead, they let too many big-play opportunities and game-changing moments pass them by.

In a 27-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bears did what they’ve been doing for 11 months. They lost the turnover battle, made ill-timed mistakes and faltered with the game on the line. It was their 12th consecutive loss dating to late October of last season.

A visit to face the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium is next. With the possibility of a winless September becoming more real, Tribune reporters Dan Wiederer and Colleen Kane attack four true-or-false questions to illuminate what we’ve learned about this team.

Wiederer: Let’s start with a hot topic from last week. True or false? Chase Claypool turned a corner after his Week 1 performance.

Kane: False. I’m not saying Claypool can’t redeem himself this season, just that he needs to continue to show effort — and execution — to change the narrative. One game doesn’t do that. Yes, he had a 20-yard touchdown catch on a beautiful pass from Justin Fields and a nice block on a Roschon Johnson carry. But he also made mistakes, including an offensive pass interference penalty on the game-changing drive that ended in a Fields interception.

He needs to stay locked in during the week, as wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said he did after the Packers loss. He needs to maintain the right attitude and mindset to keep improving through the ups and downs of a season. And as Poles said before the Bucs game, he needs to rise to the “standard for how we’re going to play football” for more than one game. Then we can talk about Claypool turning a corner.

Wiederer: I’m with you here. Corner-turning isn’t as easy as many want it to be, particularly from the corner Claypool backed himself into with his sloppiness and lack of contributions in Week 1. Sure, his Week 2 performance was better. But the Bears paid a premium last November for his services, trading the No. 32 pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers to get him. That means they viewed Claypool as an every-week difference maker in the offense. And for me, every-week difference makers must have their big plays double their critical mistakes.

You’d like to see Claypool catch more than three of eight targets in a game. You’d like to see him be more aggressive in battling defensive backs for the football. You’d like to see him avoid mental slip-ups and costly penalties on game-defining drives. You’d like him to catch that ball on the Bears’ last drive that ricocheted into the hands of defensive back Christian Izien. No corners turned yet.

Kane: OK, let’s stick with the offense. True or false? Justin Fields is still too hesitant in the passing game.

Wiederer: True. There’s no way around it. Fields was sacked six more times Sunday — that’s 10 for the season and 101 in 27 career starts. There are too many moments when, for whatever reason, the ball just isn’t coming out fast enough. Fields’ mental alarm isn’t sounding when it needs to. His pocket feel is lacking, both in the instincts to sense where rushers are coming from and in his ability to surf forward and laterally with his eyes trained on his targets.

It’s extreme to say he’s afraid to let it rip. But there’s enough video through two games to see evidence of his hesitance. It’s problematic. And it has to get fixed ASAP for this offense to experience a breakthrough.

Kane: I agree. It was particularly evident in the second quarter. The clip most circulated on social media after the game was a third-and-13 play early in the quarter. Braxton Jones and Cody Whitehair did their best to hold off Shaq Barrett and give Fields several seconds to let a pass fly, with Jones eventually committing a holding penalty. DJ Moore was standing in the middle of the field clapping for the football when Fields was sacked.

Coach Matt Eberflus said Fields hesitated on a play later in the second quarter because the receiver spacing was off. Fields kept the ball to run and was taken down for a 3-yard loss. And Cam Gill took him down for a strip-sack two plays later on another play that appeared to have opportunities to throw. “That’s another situation where that mental clock has got to go off for Justin Fields,” Daryl Johnston said on the Fox Sports broadcast.

Cairo Santos salvaged the latter drive with a 52-yard field goal, but Fields’ hesitance made it more difficult. Fields made some nice plays on that drive and the two touchdown drives, but he needs to make throws more consistently when they’re there.

Wiederer: True or false? Rookie cornerback Tyrique Stevenson will bounce back from a rough outing.

Kane: True. We knew going into the season there would be learning experiences for Stevenson, and it’s not a shock one arrived Sunday in the form of Mike Evans, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who has topped 1,000 receiving yards in nine straight seasons. Evans’ stats — six catches for 171 yards — are disconcerting, though his biggest gain of 70 yards came after he pushed off Stevenson, caught a pass and then sped away. Evans’ 32-yard touchdown catch also came after he beat Stevenson to the end zone on third-and-14 to give the Bucs a 20-10 lead.

Stevenson had highs and lows during the preseason, too, but general manager Ryan Poles touted the second-round pick’s ability to quickly turn his focus to the next play when he makes a mistake. “What you like about him is the short memory,” Poles said. “‘All right, that one is gone. On to the next one.’ … You hope as the season goes along some of the negative plays start to disappear and more of him being a playmaker increases.”

Stevenson will get more chances to play against top receivers and show he has learned from his mistakes. Early in the season, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Wiederer: True. Much like the growing pains Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker experienced as Week 1 rookie starters in 2022, Stevenson will take his lumps in the name of gaining experience and channeling that into future production. Right now, this is expected hardship.

And to your larger point, a few of the qualities the Bears love in Stevenson are his resolve and fearlessness, which he will need to tap into this week as the defense looks for ways to keep Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes from holding target practice Sunday. Stevenson has a chance to be a long-term starter at a premium position. That will hinge on his ability to handle rough moments.

Kane: Let’s look ahead. True or false? The Bears are headed for another lopsided loss in Kansas City.

Wiederer: True. I see little way around it. The Chiefs and Bears are in two different classes right now on just about every level. Sure, this is the NFL and “on any given Sunday,” right? And, no, the Chiefs have not looked razor sharp in their first two games. But this is a big-league mismatch.

As a defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo has tricks up his sleeve to challenge a sputtering offense with a hesitant quarterback. And the Bears defense has no teeth. One sack through two games. Zero takeaways. They have allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a 118.3 passer rating — and that was Jordan Love and Baker Mayfield. Buckle in!

Kane: The Chiefs haven’t played great while losing the season opener to the Detroit Lions and pulling off a 17-9 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars despite three turnovers. But a lot of people observing the Bears — including me — are with you that the Bears have given us no reason to believe they can hang with the defending Super Bowl champions.

Yes, the Bears defense held the Bucs to seven second-half points and gave the offense an opportunity to win it. But it still gave up 437 yards to a Bucs offense led by Mayfield. What is Mahomes going to do?

And Fields and the Bears offense are just too inconsistent to predict they will produce as needed against a Chiefs defense, led by Chris Jones, that recorded four sacks and seven quarterback hits against Trevor Lawrence. The Bears will have to make surprising strides to avoid 0-3.