Bears-Browns: 3 matchups to watch

Kickoff is set for noon Sunday from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
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(670 The Score) Honestly, who even cares about any of the Bears' weaknesses? Who cares. Who cares if the tight ends have disappeared and who cares if the offensive line plays bad and who cares what they do at nickel corner. Reader, rookie quarterback Justin Fields is starting Sunday. Here's what you should watch for.

Bears OT Jason Peters vs. Browns pass rushers Myles Garrett & Jadeveon Clowney
Reader, Justin Fields is starting Sunday. The Bears spared him from Rams star defensive lineman Aaron Donald, and now everything will be easy. Garrett's performance in Week 1 looked great in the box score (eight tackles, one sack, two quarterback hits, five hurries), but his overall Pro Football Focus grade (73.0) was higher in Week 2. So do with that what you will -- he's really good. Peters would have his hands full -- quite literally -- even if it wasn't his rookie quarterback's pro debut. Peters talked this week about how he's working in practice to get a good sense of Fields' rhythm in the pocket, noting that pass blocking on the edge is a totally different assignment when the quarterback has the ability to bail out and extend plays. Peters' ability to hold off Cleveland's two pass-rushing stars, especially given Fields' occasional slow release, will go a long way toward a functional Bears offense.

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Bears LB Roquan Smith vs. Browns RB Nick Chubb
The good news for the Bears' defense is that it followed up one of Week 1's worst performances with one of Week 2's best. Maybe they're not totally bad! The Bears also getting a Browns team without receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, so congrats to Chicago's secondary coaches for getting all that sleep back. The Browns have the best offensive DVOA (40.1%) through two weeks, and there figures to be even more Chubb than usual in the game plan this week. PFF loved one game of Smith's run defense and only kind of liked another, but this feels like a situation where the eye test works pretty well. If Smith and the defense can keep Chubb around the same numbers that Bengals running back Joe Mixon put up last week (20 rushes, 69 yards), that probably means the Bears did pretty well. It also probably means nose tackle Eddie Goldman played.

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Bears QB Justin Fields (who, reader, is starting Sunday) vs. Browns LBs
The Browns' linebackers are the weak part of their defense, which is great news for Fields and the Bears. They'll (presumably) plan to play the game away from Garrett, and coach Matt Nagy mentioned Wednesday that they weren't going to get too, too complicated pushing the ball down the field this weekend. If Nagy can get Fields comfortable and scheme around him in a way that best uses his skill set, the Bears will have mismatches they like underneath. Whether it's beating the Browns with Fields' speed or finally getting tight ends Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham involved, that's going to be where the Bears make some noise.

Cam Ellis is a writer for 670 The Score and Audacy Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KingsleyEllis.