8 Bold predictions for the rest of the Chicago Bears 2022 season
We are at the midseason point of the 2022 NFL regular season — kind of. Having a 17-game season is annoying, but technically there are 18 weeks and this is Week 9, meaning it’s essentially the midseason point. The Chicago Bears have already won three games — the amount many national media analysts predicted for this team for the entire season. It will be a tough matchup this week vs the Dolphins, but there are still some very winnable games for the Bears this season.
Many things have changed over the last couple of weeks. Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith were traded off for draft capital. Then, Ryan Poles decided to trade for Chase Claypool after securing that extra capital. That was important as many believe Poles overpaid for Claypool, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not going to go over all the details as to why (click the link), but mainly because Claypool is still 24, he’d be one of, if not the top free agent WRs in 2023, and it doesn’t prevent them from targeting another WR in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Right now, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what the team has done to this point and come up with a few bold predictions for the backend of the 2022 NFL season.
Justin Fields will finish the Chicago Bears season with 4,000 all-purpose yards
As we sit here today, Justin Fields has thrown for 1,199 passing yards and rushed for 424 yards for a total of 1,623 total yards. However, if we look at just the last four weeks, Fields has amassed 1,005 of his 1,623 total yards. That equates to 62% of Fields’ total. Obviously, the offense is trending upward, and adding Chase Claypool should only help in the end.
If we project his stats forward for the rest of the year (nine games) using these percentages then he should easily get close to the 4,000 mark. At roughly 1,000 yards over a four-game span, he should amass another 2,250 yards over the last nine games. That puts him at 3,873 all-purpose yards. As Fields has shown great progress over the last four games, I am projecting he does even better during the back half of the season and surpasses that 4,000 all-purpose yard mark.