Ever since A.J. Green had 7 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals, Champ Bailey has gone back to being the true lockdown corner that he’s known to be.
He held Steve Smith to just 1 catch for 19 yards in the Broncos’ game against the Carolina Panthers and he held Malcom Floyd to 4 receptions for 67 yards.
This week Bailey takes on none other than Dwayne Bowe. Through 10 games, Bowe is averaging 62.6 yards per game and he has 3 touchdowns for the Kansas City Chiefs.
In last season’s final matchup between the two teams, Bowe got the best of Bailey with 6 catches for 93 yards in the Chiefs’ win. In the first game of the season series, however, Bowe had just 2 catches for 17 yards in the Chiefs’ loss.
It’s always been a seesaw battle between the two men.
“He’s tough,” Bailey said of Bowe. “One thing about him from the first snap to the last, you’re gonna get everything he’s got. Whether they’re 1 and whatever they are (9), or 10-1 or whatever, he’s going to play hard. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him going about his business like that. I remember talking to him earlier in his career, kind of giving him pointers, and I wish I never would have, but he’s grown up a lot. He’s a pro and I expect his best shot.”
Bowe’s best season came in 2010 when he had 72 catches for 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns. Imagine the possibilities if Bowe was working with a great quarterback.