Saturday, October 18, 2003

The Isolation Booth


WR Chad Johnson vs. CB Chris McAlister

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

If Bengals tailback Corey Dillon is limited or held out because of his groin strain, the personal battle between Chad Johnson and Chris McAlister will become more important Sunday.

The Bengals will be forced to pass more often if the running game is not productive.

Johnson is the Bengals' biggest offensive threat and third in the AFC with 85.8 receiving yards a game. Johnson is on pace to have 1,373 receiving yards this season, which would be a franchise record.

McAlister is one of the league's top cornerbacks with four passes broken up and two interceptions this year, including an 83-yard touchdown last week against Arizona.

"I play better against the quality corners," Johnson said. "I'm not saying my play drops, but I don't play at the highest level when I play against a corner whose not top quality.

"But you've got your Chris McAlisters, and Sunday, I can't wait to get on the field, because I know my level of play is going to be shooting through the roof."

With McAlister out because of an ankle injury Nov. 10 at Baltimore, Johnson had 110 receiving yards and a 39-yard touchdown.

With McAlister back and playing primarily nickel Dec. 1, Johnson had 78 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown, on four catches.

McAlister led the Ravens with 24 passes broken up in 2002.




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