Key to the Vikings improvement against the pass has been the play of the top three cornerbacks – Captain Munnerlyn, Xavier Rhodes and Josh Robinson. All three have played in each game this season and they've combined for 15 pass breakups (PBUs). Last week against Detroit, this trio was part of an effort that allowed just 10 receptions on 20 targets to Lions wide receivers, with a modest per-catch average of 6.4 yards.
"That's kind of always been my mantra with the corners, and people don't realize this and everybody wants to get interceptions, I got that, but there's something to be said about your guy not catching the ball and them having to go somewhere else," Zimmer said. "To me, that's a big value if my guy isn't catching the ball because I can worry about other things and maybe I'm the only one that thinks that way but I do."
Buffalo's pass catchers have been doing just that – catching the ball – of late. Since Orton took over as starter in Week 5, the Bills are completing 66.7% of their passes. In the past two weeks, leading receiver Sammy Watkins has hauled in 60% of his targets, TE Scott Chandler has emerged with 10 receptions for 126 yards on 15 targets, and running backs Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller have combined for 14 catches.
"We're very aware of what they do," Zimmer said, "and then obviously [Sammy] Watkins is a tremendous receiver and [Robert] Woods I think has come a long way, he looks good, he's very competitive. [Scott] Chandler, the tight end, and then obviously the two backs. We've got to get better at what we do."
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