Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Odds: Pittsburgh -7, over/under 39
Weather: 53 degrees, 4% chance of precipitation, 6 MPH winds
The 3-5 Chicago Bears head to The Steel City to take on the 4-3 Pittsburgh Steelers. Chicago has lost three straight and coming off a 33-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, while Pittsburgh has won three straight, defeating the Cleveland Browns 15-10 last week.
Even in defeat, Chicago’s rookie quarterback Justin Fields had his best game as a pro, passing for 175 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 103 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target so far has been Darnell Mooney with 33 receptions for 409 yards and one touchdown. Allen Robinson is second on the team in targets, but has only hauled in 26 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown. The next leading receiver is tight end Cole Kmet with 22 receptions for 197 yards.
Chicago is a run heavy offense, but they are down to their third string running back rookie Khalil Herbert, who leads the team in rushing with 351 yards. Fields is the team’s third leading rusher with 243 yards.
Pittsburgh is led by future Hall of Famer, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is averaging 255.3 yards passing per game with 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His favorite target has been Diontae Johnson, who has hauled in 40 passes for 474 yards and three touchdowns. Chase Claypool is second on the team with 26 receptions for 403 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Pat Freiermuth is the only other player with more than 200 yards receiving.
Rookie running back Najee Harris has been a major part of the offense, both rushing and receiving. Harris has rushed for 479 yards with three touchdowns, while hauling in 37 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. No other running back on the roster contributes significantly. In fact, Pittsburgh’s second leading rusher is Claypool with 38 yards.
Chicago: QB Nick Foles (personal), TE JP Holtz (concussion), LB Khalil Mack (foot), RB Damien Williams (knee)
Pittsburgh: TE Eric Ebron (ankle)
Chicago: Eddie Jackson (hamstring)
Chicago: WR Darnell Mooney (groin), LB Alec Ogletree (ankle)
Pittsburgh: OL BJ Finney (back)