No. 4: Wide Receiver Dante Pettis Will Have 100-Plus Receiving Yards
The Bears have a stingy defense against both the run and the pass. Entering Week 16, their 5.4 yards allowed per pass attempt ranks second best in the NFL. With no need to extrapolate that much further, they’re good against an aerial attack.
But not completely invulnerable.
Case in point, Chicago is allowing an average of 160.1 yards per game to opponents’ wide receivers — eighth most in the league and just a shade behind the 160.2 yards the Kansas City Chiefs’ woeful defense is allowing to wideouts this season.
This could spell some big numbers for rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis, who has averaged 84.5 yards receiving over the past four games, which have included four touchdowns during that span.
Pettis will find himself regularly opposite veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara, who has been responsible for three touchdowns on the season and figures to be a tough matchup for the rookie.
That said, one might expect Vic Fangio to shift his defense towards tight end George Kittle, looking to take away San Francisco’s top pass-catching playmaker while leaving someone like Pettis in more one-on-one matchups on the outside.
Let’s go with youth over veteran prowess here, suggesting Pettis’ rookie ways and agility can thwart the 29-year-old Amukamara’s veteran prowess.