Joe Burrow said it best earlier in the year when it comes to playing man coverage against the Cincinnati Bengals receivers.
“I would say our skill players, if they’re not the best in the league, they’re rivaling every single team in the division in the league,” Burrow said at the beginning of September. “Those guys work really hard to get better at what they do and you have to pick your poison. If you play two high, you’re going to have to deal with Joe Mixon in the run game and if you decide to play man, good luck.”
Well, as it turns out, Miami Dolphins All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard tried to play man on Thursday night and he was burned by Tee Higgins for a 59-yard touchdown that made it a 14-6 game in the first half.
Typically, it’s tough to tell what really happens during a pass play on live TV due to the broadcast angle, but, as you can see, that’s not the case, here. Howard looks back for the ball and Higgins turns on the jets to make the play.
Color commentator Kirk Herbstreit noted how the Dolphins safeties were shaded over to the opposite side of Howard, which signaled confidence that their No. 1 guy -whom also received a gigantic contract extension during the offseason- could handle Higgins on his own.
That obviously wasn’t the case. And the Bengals are all the better for it as they head into halftime.
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