1. The Chicago Bears can take advantage of a mediocre secondary
An interesting part of this game will be the Bears’ receivers against Cleveland’s secondary. Finally, it looks as though Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney will have a capable quarterback to throw them the football. Even Marquise Goodwin looked good on Sunday, although both of his acrobatic catches ended up being called out of bounds.
Chicago certainly has some playmakers for Fields to get the ball to, and they will have an early advantage as the Browns’ secondary has not been very good in man coverage. When Cleveland’s top defensive backs have been directly targeted, they have not fared well through two games:
S John Johnson: 5 completions on 6 targets (83.3%), 158.3 QB rating allowed
CB Denzel Ward: 3 completions on 4 targets (75.0%), 85.4 QB rating allowed
CB Greg Newsome: 2 completions on 2 targets (100%), 104.2 QB rating allowed
In total, the Browns have allowed a quarterback rating of 115.2 and an average of 12.5 yards per completion.
As they say, that’s not great, Bob.
This matchup would look even more advantageous for the Bears had both Robinson and Mooney caught two particular deep shots against the Bengals. At least, their numbers would be much more inflated through the first two weeks.
The Browns were supposed to have a much-improved defense altogether, but thus far, they have been lackluster at best. Not only does their secondary pose a bit of a weakness, but this next area isn’t as frightening as it should be.