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Chase Daniel Week 5 Props for First Start of 2019: How Many Passing Yards/TDs?

Chase Daniel in the Bears throwback jerseys
Chase Daniel could be the answer to getting the Chicago Bears offense rolling against the Oakland Raiders? Photo from @ChicagoBears (Twitter)
  • Chase Daniel replaced an injured Mitch Trubisky in Week 4 and led the Bears to a 16-6 win
  • Now Chicago travels across the pond to play the Oakland Raiders in London
  • With Daniel under center, can the Bears passing game finally take a step forward?

As a Chicago Bears fan who watched his starting quarterback go down on the first series last weekend, I’ve got to tell you, panic was not my first thought. Nor was sadness. My first thought was that of many Windy City fans, this might be an improvement.

Chase Daniel doesn’t have the talent of Mitch Trubisky, his peak play falls short of Trubisky’s.

But nobody has seen peak Trubisky since what seems like last November, so Bears fans were just thrilled to see a QB that can manage Matt Nagy’s offense with some competence.

How will that game manager fair this weekend? Well, there’s odds for that.

Chase Daniel Week 5 Prop Bets

Prop O/U Total Over Odds Under Odds
Chase Daniel Total Passing TDs Week 5 1.5 +150 -200
Chase Daniel Total Passing Yards Week 5 237.5 -115 -115

*All odds taken 10/02/19

Will Daniel actually put up decent numbers this weekend or will his production fall in line with Trubisky’s?

Can Daniel Hit the Open Man?

Since arriving in Chicago, the Bears offense has had actual success under Nagy, finishing top ten in points for last season for the first time since 2013.

Part of that is the defense often giving them a short field. But a lot of that has to do with Nagy’s playcalling and ability to scheme open receivers.

The reason Trubisky has been such a disappointment this season, is he’s not connecting on these open throws. As a result, there was a noticeable improvement in the Bears passing attack last week.

Trubisky vs Daniel in 2019

Mitch Trubisky
Chase Daniel

193 Yards per Game 195
1 Touchdowns per Game 1
0.7 Interceptions per Game 0
65 Completion % 73.33

Last year in two games of spot start duty, Daniel went 1-1, throwing for 3 TDs, 2 INTs and averaging over 250 passing yards a game. Nagy trusted him to run the entire offense, attempting over 35 passes in both games. Which is good news given their opponent this week.

Air Raiding the Raiders

It’s almost performance art: ever since the Oakland Raiders traded Khalil Mack to these very Bears, their pass rush has been lackluster and the head coach acts like he has no idea why.

Without any push up front, the Raiders are a bottom ten defense through the air, giving up eight yards per pass attempt.

They have been strong against the run though (if you discount the game where Dalvin Cook ran all over them). With Chicago not really showing much of a rushing attack themselves through the first quarter of the season, it does look like they’ll leave it up to Daniel to keep the chains moving.

Considering I like the Bears to win this game, or shockingly fall behind like the Colts did last week, either way, Daniel throwing for a lot of yards looks to be the play.

As for touchdowns, I’ll also take the over. They may not look impressive: they may end up being gimmicky little shovel passes to a tight end up the gut. But I’m confident when the Bears’ games ends, Daniel will have a two in that column.

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