Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is a little concerned with the starting wide receivers of the Indianapolis Colts. According to Zimmer, Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon will be the best due of receivers his defense will have faced all year, saying,
"This will be the best receivers we play by far," defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said. "It's not even close."
Reggie Wayne is a five-time Pro-Bowler and has proven to be the type of receiver that defensive coaches game-plan around. He is struggling a little bit so far this year, due Peyton Manning's injury, which has left him with Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter. Garcon is a talented speedster who came on strong towards the end of last year. He also seems to have developed a nice repertoire with Curtis Painter and leads the team with four touchdown receptions.
In week one, the Bengals were able to hold the Browns receivers in check, not allowing a single one to break the 100 yard mark. The two touchdown receptions that the Browns had were to their tight-ends. The following week Eric Decker went off to the tune of five receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Considering that the Broncos were so depleted at wide receiver that they were using current starting quarterback Tim Tebow as their fifth receiver, it has to be considered a terrible outing by the Bengals secondary.
During the third week of the regular season, the Bengals were able to hold the 49ers receivers in check, not allowing a single one to break the 100 yard mark. Tight end Vernon Davis did haul in eight receptions for 114 yards though. In Week four, the Bengals held the entire Buffalo Bills receiving core in check, not allowing anyone to break 60 yards receiving.
Wide receiver Jason Hill of the Jacksonville Jaguars posted over 100 yards, but his performance is a little skewed considering 74 yards were gained on one play due to a busted coverage by Reggie Nelson. All other receivers were shut down.
Do you guys agree with Zimmer that Wayne and Garcon are the best receiver tandem the Bengals have faced all year?