1.) Chase Claypool scores his first touchdown as a Chicago Bear.
Chase Claypool has had a rough start during his short tenure in Chicago. From injuries to lack of playing time, Claypool has dealt with a lot in just a few short weeks.
However, neither of these are the case anymore. Claypool is now healthy and ready to suit up for his second straight game. There are also many wide receivers out due to injury, and with only one game remaining, it is expected that the Bears give Claypool some reps.
Justin Fields is inactive this week, but the game script is also likely to be in favor of Chase Claypool. Nathan Peterman is getting the start this week. Peterman is more of a pocket passer than Justin Fields, and frankly not nearly as good as an athlete or thrower of the football.
This could lead to a poor start from the Bears offense, putting them behind early, and forcing Peterman to air the ball out for the majority of the game. More targets equal more receptions, and I am banking on that here with my Claypool prediction.
The Vikings secondary has also been far from scary this season. They actually rank 31st in opponent passing yards per game with 273.4. Due to the predicted game script, this number could actually be higher if Nathan Peterman proves competent.
A Chase Claypool touchdown isn’t statistically likely to happen, but circumstances point to the young wide receiver scoring his first touchdown in the navy blue and orange.