2. Cleveland Browns can force rookie QB into mistakes
Justin Fields will make his first start for the Chicago Bears, three-games into a season in which Chicago and coach Matt Nagy were supposed to ease the Buckeye into life as NFLer.
Fields played five and 42 snaps, respectively, during Chicago’s first two games. His playing time shot up after Andy Dalton left with a knee injury (bone bruise). Fields was only 6-of-13 with an interception, but added 31 yards on 10 carries.
It’s a reverse from Ohio State, when Fields was known as a quarterback looking to pass who could run. Now, it seems he may be more dangerous with his legs, especially considering what we saw the mobile Tyrod Taylor do against Cleveland’s defense last week.
Fields is still a rookie, though, which means he’s probably going to make mistakes–and I expect the Browns to force some on Sunday.
Look for the Browns to generate a little more of a pass rush in Week 3, but the secondary will have to come up big, as well. The Browns have collected just one interception in their first two weeks, as Malcom Smith picked off Davis Mills in the second half last week.
And if Fields does run, the Browns supposedly have the personnel to catch him. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah-Koramoah has been very quiet throughout his first two weeks, but this is one of the reasons he’s here: Stop the quarterback from extending plays with his legs.