Friday marks the final full day of preparation for Monday’s upcoming contest against the New England Patriots.
It also marks the day that Champ Bailey typically takes time to speak at the media from his locker, and today was no exception. Like his counterpart Dre’ Bly, Bailey finds it unusual to be preparing for a Patriots squad without Tom Brady.
“I mean it is different because Brady is such a big time quarterback,” Bailey said.
But the star matchup between Bailey and Patriots’ wide receiver Randy Moss will happen no matter what. Players always like to go up against the very best competition, and in Monday night’s game, two of the best at their respective positions will face off on national television.
Bailey has been to eight Pro Bowls in 10 seasons. He leads all cornerbacks with 42 interceptions since his rookie season of 1999.
Moss has been to six Pro Bowls in his 11 seasons. He holds the NFL record for touchdown receptions in a single season with 23, which he set last year.
This is clearly a marquee matchup that fans should love watching, and Bailey’s pretty excited for it too. When asked if he wanted to cover Moss for the entire game, a typically subdued Bailey had a pretty simple reply.
“I wouldn’t mind,” Bailey said. “That would be a good battle. I know a lot of people like to see stuff like that.”
Over the course of their respective careers, the two have gone up against each other a number of times. Add them all up, and Bailey feels like he has been successful against the Patriots’ top receiver.
“They have went well for me,” Bailey said. “Unfortunately for him he hasn’t had a good quarterback to throw him the ball (in previous years). I’m just glad playing them this year that they don’t have Brady throwing him the ball so it won’t be too tough, but he is still a tough receiver to cover.”
And Bailey knows more than a little bit about covering the league’s best receivers. He ranks Moss up at the top, and he still thinks it’s hard to prepare for the 6-foot-4, 210-pound wideout.
“He is still among the best to me – If not the best,” Bailey said of Moss. “The way he plays he is so capable of making the big play at any moment. I am aware of what he is capable of doing. I have to be perfect almost to have a good game against him.”
For New England, linebacker Eric Alexander, defensive end Jarvis Green, running back LaMont Jordon, tackle Nick Kaczur, running back Laurence Maroney, wide receiver Kelly Washington and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite are all listed as doubtful.
For Denver, Brandon Stokley, Tony Scheffler, Ryan Torain and Selvin Young are all questionable. Eddie Royal is probable.
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com