Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 7

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Passing Matchups for Week 7

Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 7

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Chicago at LA Rams

The Bears may not be able to throw effectively against anyone for the rest of 2020, let alone against the Rams. Lacking a starting-level quarterback and dynamic playmakers, this attack is consistently one of the NFL’s weakest. To be fair, Nick Foles has faced a daunting run of strong defenses since taking over the job. But he still struggles mightily just to hit on basic throws, and when he does, it rarely makes much of an impact. His 4.97 adjusted net yards per attempt, which factors in sacks and interceptions, sits 28th among 33 qualifiers. It speaks volumes about this point of Mitchell Trubisky’s career that he’s yet to find his way back into the lineup. Poor Allen Robinson continues to overachieve - he’s averaging 79 yards on 11 targets a game. But beyond him, there’s just not enough talent to rely upon for fantasy purposes, and not enough under center to bring out any production anyway.

The Rams’ star-studded pass defense continues to hum along as one of the game’s most consistently dominant units. Only one opposing offense has topped 270 yards through the air, and only two have put up more than one touchdown. Much of the credit goes to the cornerback tandem of Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams, who have consistently locked down outside wideouts. Ramsey needs no introduction - he’s been a premier shutdown guy for several years now - but the undrafted veteran Williams has been a pleasant surprise. They were the driving factors in keeping the likes of Amari Cooper, Stefon Diggs, and Terry McLaurin mostly contained (a combined 5.8 yards per target) in those matchups. Of course, as strong as the secondary has been, it owes plenty to the always-stellar play of Aaron Donald up front. Donald remains the pass-rushing gold standard, and he alters nearly every passing snap just by existing. On his best snaps, he’s forcing errant throws into a secondary that’s prepared for them. This isn’t a fun matchup for any passer, let alone Foles and his ineffective arm.

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