The Chicago Bears (3-5) play host to the Miami Dolphins (5-2) on Sunday in a game that marks the debut of wide receiver Chase Claypool in a Bears uniform.
Claypool is expected to play despite joining the team just a few days ago. How many reps he gets will likely depend on the game’s flow, but the Bears will need his big-play ability to keep pace with the Dolphins’ dynamic receiver duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Will the Bears actually keep up with Miami? According to a significant majority of experts polled by NFL Pick Watch, the answer is no. Nearly 100% — 93% to be exact — picked the Dolphins to win. The Las Vegas oddsmakers agree, too. The Bears are home underdogs in Week 9; they’re getting 4.5 points.
A win, of course, is the ultimate goal for the Bears. But in many ways, QB Justin Fields’ continued development is more important. He’s entering Sunday with momentum; he’s played well over the last couple of games. If he continues his hot streak, Bears fans will quietly be satisfied even if the day ends with a loss.