WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 7-31-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
Week 12: vs Cleveland Browns
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Bengals passing game this season has been based on whether A.J. Green has a great game or not. In three of their last five weeks, the Bengals have been held to 154 yards or less passing as they have struggled against teams that are able to take Green out of the game plan with top-end cornerbacks. Outside of Green, the Bengals have struggled to find a secondary receiver as both Brandon LaFell and Tyler Kroft have been extremely up and down. The Browns pass defense is one that is improving as of late as they have allowed the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last four weeks and are 15th on the season in terms of passing yardage allowed. Jason McCourty continues to be one of the best cornerbacks in football this season and safety Derrick Kindred has been playing much better as of late. This is a defense that while they give up passing touchdowns as they have allowed the fourth most this season is a defense that is capable of stopping the pass and should give the Bengals problems this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs DEN (9 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec)
Green was having a quiet day until his fourth quarter touchdown. The Broncos crowded the line on 3rd-and-2, which left Green with a rare 1-on-1 opportunity outside. He ran a simple go route and got behind Bradley Roby. Dalton put the ball high and on Green's back shoulder, allowing him to go up and make the game-winning 18-yard touchdown catch. Green drew a key pass interference penalty in the final minutes that changed field position and allowed the Bengals to bleed the clock late.
2017 Week 10 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 115 / 1 rec)
Green was having another quiet game until late. He caught a couple slants and a comeback route early for solid gains but sat at just 45 receiving yards heading into the fourth quarter. With just under 10 minutes left, he got behind the Titans defense deep down the field but Dalton under threw the pass and Green didn't have a chance to make a play on it. With five minutes to play, Green again caught a quick slant for what would have been another solid gain. However, this time the trailing defender dove to knock away the pass and fell to the ground, Green ran through the tackle attempt by the safety, and then was off to the races for a 70-yard touchdown. The big play put the Bengals up three late but the defense couldn't hold the lead.
2017 Week 9 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
For perhaps the first time in his long career, Green lost his temper. With the Bengals running out the final seconds of the first half, Green took a shove in the back from Jalen Ramsey and decided he'd had enough. Green jumped up and grabbed Ramsey in a choke hold and started throwing punches. He was tossed from the game and is most likely facing a suspension that will keep him out of Week 10 as well. Before the fight, Green was having a quiet day. He garnered just two targets, as the Bengals looked to establish the run early.
2017 Week 8 vs IND (8 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)
Green was held in check for the second-straight week. The Bengals haven't established a consistent run game and none of the other Bengals receivers have developed into a true threat, which has allowed defenses to shift an extra pass defender toward Green's side of the field and minimize his impact. He was regularly double-teamed. Green surprisingly saw single coverage on an early 3rd-and-goal. He used a sweet release to beat his defender to the inside on a skinny post and was wide open in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown. Green had one drop on a high pass and failed to hook up with Dalton on a couple other passes where he looked to have some separation. The minor miscues combined with the extra defensive attention combined to lead to disappointing production.
2017 Week 7 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Green started off hot. He had a 15-yard grab over the middle and a leaping grab for 10 yards along the sideline on the game's opening drive. The second drive, he had a 16-yard catch down the right sideline to setup the Bengals inside the Steelers 10-yard line. After the receptions in the first quarter, Green was completely shut out the rest of the way. The Bengals took a shot on a deep ball to Green off of a flea-flicker. The Steelers weren't fooled and Green was still double-covered.
2017 Week 5 vs BUF (13 / 7 / 189 / 1 rec)
Green had a season's worth of lowlights and highlights in one game. He was directly responsible for three turnovers (a fumble and two interceptions that bounced off of his hands). When Green wasn't turning it over, he was busy dominating the Bills secondary and making game-changing plays. The Bengals game plan was obvious right out of the gate. Dalton came out firing it to Green for consecutive completions of 15 and 7 yards on the first two plays of the game despite the game taking place in a steady downpour. The drive quickly stalled but the Bengals went right back to Green on the opening play of the next drive. Green was lined up wide to the right in single coverage on rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White and ran right past him on a go route, getting almost five yards of separation. Dalton lofted a perfectly thrown deep ball which Green caught in stride for a 77-yard touchdown. The first turnover came on a quick slant route. The pass from Dalton was a little high but Green went up and got both hands on it. The wet ball slipped through his grasp and into the arms of a Bills safety. The second tipped interception by Green was even worse. He was wide open on a short slant and the ball went through his hands, hit him in the chest and bounced into the arms of a Buffalo defender. The next drive, Green turned it over again. He caught a pass down the seam and had some room to run. He had a gain of 20 yards into the red zone before taking a big hit that popped the ball out. After the turnovers, the Bengals kept going back to their star receiver and were rewarded when Green made a nice grab and raced for a 47-yard gain. He almost scored but was tripped up inside the 5-yard line.
2017 Week 4 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)
Green started out hot. He went up and grabbed a perfect pass in the middle of three defenders for a gain of 16 yards early in the first quarter. Green opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown. He lined up in the slot and the Browns brought a blitz from the slot cornerback on his side. The blitz left Green with single coverage from rookie Safety Jabrill Peppers and Green easily beat him off the line on an out route leading to an easy pitch and catch touchdown to the back corner of the end zone. Green caught a slant off of play-action for 22 yards and drew a horse collar call on the defender at the end of the run to set up the Bengals second touchdown.
2017 Week 3 vs GB (13 / 10 / 111 / 1 rec)
Green made his frustration known about his lack of targets after the loss last week. The Bengals remedied the problem early against Green Bay. Green was targeted three times on the first drive of the game, including an end zone target that Green turned into an 11-yard touchdown catch. Green ran a short post and Dalton rifled the ball into a tight window despite double coverage. Green came right back out and caught a 17-yard pass on the opening play of the second drive. Green came up large throughout the game. The Bengals went to him often on a key drive late in the fourth quarter. He drew a pass interference on 3rd down to get the drive moving. Then grabbed a 20-yard pass in traffic on the next play. Dalton did miss Green once on a deep ball down the right sideline. Green burned the cornerback and had plenty of room in front of the safety for what should have been a big gain, but Dalton's pass sailed out of bounds.
2017 Week 2 vs HOU (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Green caught a short screen pass on the first offensive play, but it was called back due to a block in the back. Green's first official catch was a beautiful grab off of play action that went for 50 yards. Dalton threw it up despite triple coverage and Green elevated to make the catch over Houston corner Johnathan Joseph. Green made another big catch on the next drive, ripping a contested catch away from the cornerback. The play calling was baffling at times. The Bengals were generally in favorable down and distances but failed to convert short third-down opportunities on six separate occasions. Green wasn't targeted on any of these third downs. He had just one short catch and two targets in the fourth quarter. The normally low-key Green couldn't find hide his frustration post-game. "We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball. That's it. It's a superstar-driven league. You are not going to win without them," Green said. It's safe to say that one of the reasons Ken Zampese was fired was not getting the ball to his star receiver enough.
2017 Week 1 vs BAL (10 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
Green was targeted often, but often saw extra coverage with the Ravens putting an emphasis on stopping the Bengals top playmaker. Green made some plays on the Bengals best drive of the game to open the second quarter. He caught a 14-yard out route, sliding to catch a well-thrown Dalton pass. Two plays later, he caught another 14-yard reception on a post route. Early in the second half, Green caught a short dump off in the red zone and was pushed out of bounds at the seven yard line.
Latest NewsBengals | A.J. Green finds the end zone (Sun Nov 19, 11:22 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 11. link to story Bengals | A.J. Green surpasses 100-yard mark (Sun Nov 12, 05:32 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green caught five passes for 115 yards and one touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. Our View: Most of it came on a fourth quarter 70-yard score, with Green bouncing back from a rough and abbreviated week against the Jaguars in Week 9. He'll have a tough matchup against the Broncos corners next week, but Green is still obviously worth a start.
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