The trade deadline has come and gone.
Will Ryan Poles’ investment in Justin Fields pay dividends? This week will be too soon to tell, even with the second-year quarterback coming off two strong performances against New England and Dallas. Fields and the Bears will have to figure out a way to combat the Dolphins’ pass rush that now features Bradley Chubb and a passing attack that stands as the most lethal in football with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle terrorizing secondaries all season.
Sunday’s visit from the Dolphins will be no small task. But it will be a nice challenge for the coaching staff, Fields, and the Bears’ talented young secondary.
Chicago Bears (3-5, T-2nd NFC North) at Miami Dolphins (5-3, T-2nd AFC East) – CBS (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins); WBBM 780 AM, 105.9 FM (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote)
Kickoff Time: Noon CT
Site: Soldier Field; Chicago.
Referee: Ron Torbert
Odds: MIA -4, O/U 45.5 (via DraftKings Sports Book)
We Got $5 On It
Note: Patrick’s listed bets were placed on Draft Kings Sportsbook, while Luis’ were made at BetMGM.
- One-Game Parlay: Justin Fields 150+ passing yards, Fields 20+ pass attempts, Fields OVER 34.5 rushing yards, Chase Claypool anytime TD (+600) — Chase Claypool will make his Bears debut on Sunday. And while his snaps might be limited (c’mon, how much of a playbook can you learn in four days?) this week against the Dolphins, I have faith in Luke Getsy to find ways to get his new toy involved. So, in addition to laying out some moderate numbers for Justin Fields to hit in this four-leg parlay, tacking on a Claypool anytime touchdown boosts this play. A $5 bet comes with a possible payout of $35, which is money that could go toward your upcoming Friendsgiving adventure.
- Same-Game Parlay: Justin Fields 45+ rushing yards, David Montgomery 45+ rushing yards, Khalil Herbert 45+ rushing yards, Justin Fields anytime TD (+700) — The Bears are the No. 1 rushing team in football, and they will need to control the clock to slow down Miami’s passing attack, so this week we’re taking 45+ (alternate) rushing yards for the Fields, Monty, and Herbert, and sprinkling in a Fields rushing TD to make it nice and juicy. A $5 bet wins you $40 bucks.
You can get in on this action at DraftKings:
But there are a number of other official gambling apps you can use (with some juicy promos) right here.
Starting QBs and Projected Game Stats
Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa: 24/35, 282 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 3 carries, 9 rushing yards
Bears: Justin Fields: 15/24, 174 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 9 carries, 46 rushing yards
Bears Projected Starters
• QB Justin Fields
• RB David Montgomery
• FB Khari Blasingame
• WRs Darnell Mooney, Chase Claypool
• TE Cole Kmet
• LT Braxton Jones, LG Cody Whitehair, C Sam Mustipher, RG Teven Jenkins, RT Larry Borom
• LDE Al-Quadin Muhammad, LDT Angelo Blackson, RDT Justin Jones, RDE Trevis Gipson
• SAM Joe Thomas, MIKE Jack Sanborn, WILL Nicholas Morrow
• LCB Jaylon Johnson, RCB Kyler Gordon
• FS Eddie Jackson, SS Jaquan Brisker
• Cairo Santos (kicker), Trenton Gill (punter, holder), Patrick Scales (long snapper), Dante Pettis (punt returns), Velus Jones Jr. (kick returns)
Dolphins Projected Starters
• QB Tua Tagovailoa
• RB Raheem Mostert
• WRs Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Trent Sherfield
• TE Mike Gesicki
• LT Terron Armstead, LG Robert Jones, C Connor Williams, RG Robert Hunt, RT Austin Jackson
• LDE Christian Wilkins, NT Raekwon Davis, RDE Emmanuel Ogbah
• WLB Jalean Phillips, LILB Elandon Roberts, RILB Jerome Baker, SLB Bradley Chubb
• LCB Xavien Howard, RCB Noah Igbinoghene
• FS Jevon Holland, SS Eric Rowe
• Jason Sanders (kicker), Thomas Morstead (punter, holder), Blake Ferguson (long snapper), Tyreek Hill, Raheem Mostert (kick and punt returns)
Chase Claypool will suit up for the Bears on Sunday, and I’m excited. I’m realistic, and I don’t expect the offense to focus too heavily on him after having just days to digest the playbook and settle in with his new teammates. Still, I’m excited to see the new weapon for Justin Fields in whatever capacity they roll him out in this week.
Get excited with me:
Justin Fields has put together a string of games with Bears fans starting to believe he might actually be the guy under center in Chicago. Poles feels similarly, stating to the media this week that he likes the way Fields is trending and acquiring Claypool to provide him with another weapon.
Claypool is not only an investment in Fields; it’s a raising of the bar by Poles. You’ve got another weapon, and you’ve been trending up recently. Now, let’s see what you can do next. That’s not something that can be judged on this game or maybe even the next. But generally speaking, I feel like Fields met a benchmark in the eyes of the front office, they rewarded him with an investment in his success, and now the bar has been slightly raised.
The Secondary will have their work cut out for them on Sunday as the Dolphins passing attack presents their toughest challenge of the season. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are on historic paces, Tua Tagovailoa has been slinging the ball with razor precision this season, and Mike McDaniel has been scheming the Miami passing attack as good as anyone in the NFL.
I wrote about the daunting task that the young — but talented — Bears secondary will be faced with this weekend, and you can check that out here: