The fact that the league has postponed the potential four-game suspension of Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman means that they are expected to play in Week 13 versus the Chicago Bears. The league won’t look at the appeals the two cornerbacks filed this week.
Browner and Sherman both tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Adderall. Their anticipated presence in this week’s match-up brings the biggest challenge for Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
The 6-5, 230-pound wide receiver will have to stand toe-to-toe with Browner (6-4, 221 lbs.) and Sherman (6-3, 195 lbs.) all Sunday afternoon, and this match-up will draw fans’ attention all day long. Had the suspensions to Browner and Sherman been put into effect, then the match-up of Marshall versus Seattle’s backup cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond (both are 5-11) would have presented a much easier challenge.
Even though Browner and Sherman, the biggest corners Marshall will face all season, will be playing, I don’t necessarily think that it will present as big of a challenge for Marshall that everyone is expecting.
The Pro Bowl receiver has squared off against one of the best cornerbacks in the league since training camp. Fellow teammate Charles Tillman, who’s 6-2 and 198 lbs., has battled with Marshall since July of this year, and has probably made the Bears’ leading receiver better than he was last season.
Tillman is hands down the most physical cornerback in the league, and his Pro Bowl talents have only prepared Marshall for a match-up such as the one this coming Sunday.
Expect Bears quarterback Jay Cutler not to hesitate to go to his favorite receiver, regardless of who is guarding him. As much as Cutler targets Marshall, he’s bound to rack up some big yards, even against someone his own size.
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