Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 4

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Passing Matchups for Week 4


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Chicago vs Indianapolis

The Bears are hoping a quarterback switch can reverse the fortunes of one of 2020’s worst passing games. But it feels like a pipe dream; last week’s winning rally aside, Nick Foles simply isn’t a starting-caliber passer. Credit Foles for taking advantage of a soft, injury-riddled Falcons defense, but the going gets tougher Sunday, and Foles will have less open space to pick through. At least Foles is unafraid to push the ball, which does sometimes result in a big play, as seen in last week’s fourth quarter (or his Super Bowl MVP turn just 2.5 years ago). Still, Anthony Miller, Darnell Mooney, and Jimmy Graham make for one of football’s weakest supporting casts around No. 1 man Allen Robinson. This is a difficult attack to trust in a high-leverage fantasy spot.

The Colts, meanwhile, have put together one of 2020’s best starts against the pass. They’ve yet to allow more than 173 yards to a single opponent, and they’ve bullied the last two into historically awful performances (a combined passer rating). It’s true that they haven’t exactly faced a Murderer’s Row of opposing passers in Gardner Minshew, Kirk Cousins, and Sam Darnold. But the pass rush, led by Justin Houston and DeForest Buckner, has been impressively disruptive, and the secondary has done great work against their most talented receivers. D.J. Chark Jr, Adam Thielen, and Chris Herndon combined to produce just 77 yards and a single touchdown on their 16 targets against this group. The catalyst has been cornerback Xavier Rhodes, whom they signed away from the Vikings in the offseason. Rhodes had slipped noticeably in recent years but seems to have regained his shutdown status in Indianapolis. With quality depth around him in Kenny Moore II and Travis Carrie, Rhodes is free to shadow No. 1 wideouts for chunks of games, and early returns have been fantastic. That’s bad news for Robinson, the only consistent receiver Chicago can boast. Robinson is a fine wideout, but his upside may be capped as he negotiates the tough matchup.

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