The Chicago Bears have been part of the NFL since its inception, but they remain the only team in the league never to field a 4,000-yard passer. And if ESPN analyst Mike Clay’s 2022 predictions come true, they’ll have to wait another year to break the embarrassing streak.
Second-year quarterback Justin Fields certainly has the talent to surpass 4,000 passing yards. He has the benefit of a 17th regular season game, too. According to Clay, none of that matters. He’s predicting Fields will finish the 2022 season with 3,635 yards in 16 games played. His prediction for Fields’ passing touchdowns (and interceptions) is even less impressive. Clay has Fields tossing only 18 touchdowns to 16 interceptions. To add insult to injury, Fields will lead the NFL in interceptions, according to Clay.
Clay’s predictions suggest Fields won’t be a game-changing runner, either. He has the athletic dual-threat finishing 2022 with 597 rushing yards and three scores. If these projections hold, Fields will end his second year with just 21 total touchdowns.