Allen Robinson will test this former NFC North CB in Week 4
This will be the third time that Allen Robinson will matchup against Xavier Rhodes since signing with the Chicago Bears
While we know that Allen Robinson moves around the formation so much that he will get see a little bit of every cornerback, one of the best matchups of the day is going to be when Robinson squares off with Xavier Rhodes. Unfortunately, due to the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings playing two week 17 games, the duo has only faced off twice.
Still, while Robinson moves around, the duo will square off about 40% of the time, which will be one of the biggest matchups for Robinson. Who has the advantage?
Robinson played he had seven receptions for 73 yards and three receptions for 33 yards in the two games. However, matched up against Rhodes, he had three receptions for 36 yards on four targets. Overall, he was pretty significant. However, one thing worth noting is that one of his bigger catches last year came with Rhodes moving into the slot. That is unexpected with his move to the Colts.
When the two match up, the key to the game will be Rhodes vs. Robinson’s physicality. James Bradberry physically dominated Robinson, and Darqueze Dennard stole a ball from Robinson as well.
Robinson is smooth and can rip Rhodes off the line, as shown above; however, if Rhodes gets hands on him, redirects him, or makes a physical play on the ball, it will be as big of a test as previous weeks.
In the past two weeks, Mooney has been the WR2. He is filling in for the Taylor Gabriel role and is the second outside receiver. He sees time on the left and right side and will Rhodes as well. It may be interesting for Mooney to test Rhodes deep down the field while Robinson takes on T.J. Carrie or Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin has been out with an illness that is not COVID-related. However, he returned to practice and may see Mooney often. Ya-Sin is physical, but like Rhodes, the biggest test will be when they flip their hips and run downfield. Look for the Bears to test both corners with Mooney.
The Colts biggest questions come on the outside. If you were hoping that a touchdown against Atlanta could spark Miller, it certainly could, but a huge week may have to wait. Kenny Moore has slowly but indeed established himself as one of the best slot cornerbacks in the NFL. Per PFF, Moore is currently the top cornerback in yards per route run when playing at least 70% of his slot routes.
A massive performance from Miller would be a pleasant surprise.