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NFL Week 4 Potential Shadow Matchups!!!!

Bills WRs John Brown, Cole Beasley & Zay Jones vs. Patriots CBs Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones & Jason McCourty: The Pats are a shadow-heavy team, and they have NFL-best marks with zero receiving touchdowns allowed, six interceptions and 4.0 net yards per attempt allowed. Edge: Pats CBs

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins vs. Darius Slay: Watkins has run 66.7% of his routes from the slot this year, but Slay is one of the few shadow corners who follows receivers into the slot, and he’s allowed a catch rate of just 52.4% since last season. Edge: Push

Chargers WR Keenan Allen vs. Dolphins CB Xavien Howard: Keenan has an NFL-high 42 targets, 29 receptions and 404 yards, and Howard has allowed a 72.7% catch rate on a defense that has surrendered a league-worst 133 points. Edge: Allen

Redskins WR Terry McLaurin vs. Giants CB Janoris Jenkins: The Giants over the past year have routinely used the 2016 Pro-Bowler to shadow opposing big-bodied No. 1 receivers — DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, Cooper — and Scary Terry has opened his career with three straight touchdown-scoring games. Edge: McLaurin

Ravens WR Marquise Brown vs. Browns CB Denzel Ward: The 2018 Pro-Bowler missed Week 3 with a hamstring injury, but last season he shadowed Antonio Brown, John Brown, and DeSean Jackson, so if he’s active this week he will probably tail the dynamic ‘Hollywood’ Brown. Edge: Ward

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins vs. Panthers CB James Bradberry: In his three-plus seasons as a shadow corner, Bradberry either locks it up or explodes — and this week he’s facing a dude whose nickname is “Nuk.” Edge: Hopkins

Bears WR Allen Robinson vs. Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes: Because of injury, Robinson played just one game against the Vikings last year, but in their Week 11 matchup, Rhodes & Co. held Robinson to a 3-39-0 receiving performance on seven targets. Edge: Rhodes

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark Jr. vs. Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr.: Chark leads the Jags with his 15-277-3 receiving line, and Harris has held Allen Robinson and Davante Adams in check over the past two weeks with his outside shadow coverage. Edge: Harris

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders vs. Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey: Ramsey has requested a trade, and he apparently had an illness that required him to miss practice on Monday, so it’s uncertain if he’ll even play this week, but if he does, he’ll probably resume his auto-shadow role against No. 1 receivers. Edge: Ramsey

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