With Charles Tillman aka “Peanut” out for the season with a triceps tear, the Baltimore Ravens’ receiving corps need to take advantage of the mismatches with Tim Jennings and Zachary Bowman now taking on the role as the Chicago Bears’ top corners. Torrey Smith could be looking to have a big day based on the Bears’ current secondary situation.
On one side of the field, you will see a 6-foot tall Smith versus a 5-foot-8 Jennings. Based on size alone, this is a clear mismatch. This is not a knock on Jennings, who has three interceptions and eight pass defenses on the year; however, with the clear size advantage that Smith has over Jennings, Joe Flacco would be dumb not to take a couple of high shots in Smith’s direction in hopes that he can come down with the jump ball.
On the other side of the ball, you will see an inexperienced corner in Bowman who was brought in for his abilities on special teams. While Bowman has the speed to keep up with Smith, he lacks the discipline to lock down the Ravens’ no. 1 pass catcher. This being Bowman’s third start of the season, the now starting corner might have a big challenge ahead of him. He does however have a strong 60 mph Chicago wind on his side to slightly disrupt the passing game.
Wind or no wind, Smith needs to step up to the challenge and work this secondary over the way he did the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the 2012 playoffs against Champ Bailey. Even though the Ravens are facing the 31st ranked defense against the run, this game will be won through the air due to the horrible ground game that Baltimore has. He and Flacco need to hook up all day in order to bring out the “W” in the windy city.