Champ Bailey Needs To Step Up in AFC Championship Game

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The loss of Chris Harris means it is time for Champ Bailey to come out and play a full game and do it well.

Harris is now gone for the season after suffering a torn ACL. The secondary is already thin and after Harris’ departure, Phillip Rivers took full advantage of Quentin Jammer and beat him with Keenan Allen catching two touchdown passes, including a fourth and long pass that kept the San Diego Chargers‘ hopes alive for a while. What Jack Del Rio could do is focus on improving Jammer on defense or put Kayvon Webster out there, but has a cast on his surgically fixed thumb that could prove to be costly.

This means that the veteran corner back is going to have to step it up in a huge way if the Denver Broncos are going to have any chance of beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Brady is no joke because he can throw the ball. The best chance the team has to win is to shut down their wide outs when it comes time. I only see Julian Edelman being a threat to the Broncos as he was when these teams met in Foxboro a little less than two months ago. Other than Edelman, there is not a whole lot of weapons on the Patriots offense that jumps out at me other than the running back core that they have, but that is a job for the front seven to take care of.

Bailey has been ridiculed due to his injury all season long and now could not have been a more perfect time for him to step up and reprise his role as the best shut down corner to play the game. The Broncos are certainly going to need it.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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