Chicago Bears: 3 matchups to exploit against Seattle Seahawks

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Tre Flowers vs. Allen Robinson, et al.

The Seahawks had to dip deep into their bag of cornerbacks in their Week 1 matchup against the Broncos due to a variety of injuries, as well as the loss of Richard Sherman to the San Francisco 49ers. And they pulled out rookie fifth-round draft pick Tre Flowers, out of Oklahoma State.

While the Seattle spin machine might tell you he had a good debut for a rookie, don’t believe it. Flowers struggled mightily against the Broncos wide receivers. He was targeted nine times, giving up seven receptions for a whopping 148 yards.

The Seahawks are paper thin in the secondary after losing Sherman was shipped to the 49ers, and they lost Byron Maxwell and Dontae Johnson due to injuries. In years past, the Seahawks could have easily gotten by against the bears. Heck, they could have stuck Flowers on the team’s no. 1 wide receiver last year without any concern.

This year is a completely different story. The Bears have a number of weapons at the skill positions, meaning a team’s deficiency in the secondary can now be exposed by the Bears. With that in mind, I expect the Bears to throw a lot at the young cornerback, including not only different routes but different personnel. Look for the Bears to target Flowers early and often.

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After last week’s conservative play calling, there should also be an increased emphasis on taking shots downfield, and who better to take those chances on than a rookie starting his second game in the NFL.  One additional note: Flowers has also recently been downgraded to doubtful for Monday. Should he be unable to go, and the Bears don’t abuse his replacement, well then, I give up.