Matchup Of The Game: Bengals’ Chase And Cowboys’ Diggs Meet Again At The Top Of The NFL

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BENGALS WR JA’MARR CHASE VS. COWBOYS CB TREVON DIGGS

If it seemed like Chase scored eight touchdowns in the last two minutes of Sunday’s opener, it’s because he simply grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with those 3XL gloves.

It’s the same way Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, Chase’s partner in rhyme, felt about Diggs after watching Cowboys tape prepping for Sunday’s game in Dallas (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) against the man who had the most interceptions in 40 years last season.

He makes a lot of plays, with however many interceptions he had last year. It felt like a million,” Burrow said before Wednesday’s practice. “He’s not afraid to take chances, he’s going to jump routes and you’ve got to be aware of who you’re throwing a 50-50 ball to when he’s covering them, because he’s going to make a play. I think he’s a former receiver at some point in his career. You’ve got to be aware of that.”

Chase vs. Diggs. The numbers may be crazy but the tape isn’t.

Savor it like a vintage 1981 bottle from the cellar Everson Walls racked up 11 picks for the Cowboys team that lost to Dwight Clark’s The Catch. But you only have to dust off back to 2019 and LSU’s win over Alabama to capture the flavor of a Pro Bowl matchup.

By consensus and stats Chase carried that day against Diggs with six catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. Diggs had his moments when he caused Chase to turn occasionally to the refs seeking a call, but remember what he said at the 2020 NFL scouting combine when asked to rate the best wide receivers he faced.

“He’s real good. He’s a stud,” Diggs said. “Quick, fast, has good hands, runs good routes, he’s a baller.”

And last month during training camp Diggs put him in his NFL top five even though they don’t meet for the first time in the pros until Sunday. Diggs, who began his career at Alabama at receiver, knows what he’s getting.

Coming off the most prolific rookie season in history for a receiver, Chase put on a clinic late in Sunday’s game. His ten catches for 129 yards and a touchdown had his coaches and mates maybe more impressed than what he did to the Chiefs with those rookie-record 266 yards.

But the big number from Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan? 0.0 mental errors in the passing game.

In the beginning of his second season, his enormous versatility seems to be coming out at the same time as his personality and he’s not backing down from a soul. He got a flag for taunting when he ripped the mouthpiece out of Steelers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon’s mouth and he went viral giving Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick the double bird in a photo he kept enjoying scrolling through Twitter.


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