Indianapolis, IN- This is easier said than done, but the Indianapolis Colts‘ opponents since their bye week should help in preparing for Sunday’s matchup against wide receiver A.J. Green and his Cincinnati Bengals. Since the bye, the Colts have faced Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Tavon Austin and Kendall Wright.
Unfortunately, they haven’t fared very well against any of these receivers. If they want to have any shot Sunday it’s going to be how much they can slow down Green.
Indianapolis gave up 229 yards and three touchdowns to Johnson, 138 yards and two touchdowns to Austin and 52 yards and two scores to Fitzgerald. None of the corners — mainly Vontae Davis — have played very well against these elite receivers.
Green is just like these guys as he’s very fast, very tall and very athletic. He’s 6-foot-4, 207 pounds and is very physical on the ends. He can out jump almost anyone and is as quick as anyone that lines up on him. He’s only 25-years old and already has 229 receptions in his career with 3,427 yards and 24 touchdowns.
He’s also thriving again this year and has been hot entering this game. He has 103, 155, 115, 128, 151, seven and 83 receiving yards consecutively since October 13. He has 1,020 yards and six touchdowns on 67 receptions in 2013 and is going to be very tough for Indy to stop this weekend.
This game Sunday is a must-win for both teams, and it could come down to how well the Colts defend Green. If they allow him to go off like they did against the other elite receivers then the Colts could be in for a long afternoon. If they defend him well and get a good pass rush then they will have a chance.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and if recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru.