The Cincinnati Bengals defense had no answer for Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle in Sunday’s 24-23 victory at Paul Brown Stadium.
Doyle set career highs with 12 catches and 121 receiving yards.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Doyle’s performance wasn’t concerning.
“As long as 13 (Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton) isn’t catching them, we are in pretty good shape,” Lewis said. “I would trade that any day.”
He became the second opposing tight end in the 50-year history of the Bengals to record at least 12 catches, joining the New York Giants’ Mark Bavaro, who had 12 catches for 176 yards in a 35-30 Cincinnati win on Oct. 13, 1985.
The only other players to record at least 12 catches in a game against the Bengals are wide receivers — Jacksonville’s Jimmy Smith (14 catches, 165 yards in 2000), Washington’s Art Monk (13 catches, 230 yards, one touchdown in 1985), Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward (13 catches, 149 yards, one touchdown in 2003) and Baltimore’s Steve Smith (13 catches, 186 yards, two touchdowns).
Doyle, whose previous career highs were nine receptions and 79 yards, said he couldn’t explain his big day.
“I don’t know. The ball was finding me,” he said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. I just try to catch the ball when it comes to me.”