WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 7-31-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
Week 12: vs St. Louis Rams
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Andy Dalton has thrown 88/142 for 977 yards passing, six TDs and three interceptions since Week Eight - he's targeted four players more than 20 times during that time span: A.J. Green (42 targets for 24/317/1 receiving); Tyler Eifert (24 for 15/140/5); Marvin Jones (29 for 15/194/0); and Giovani Bernard (22 for 16/207/0). You can see for yourself who has been hogging all the TDs of late. The Rams' pass D averages 229.4 net passing yards allowed per game (ninth in the NFL) and is one of two teams with less-than-10 passing scores allowed through ten games (just nine, one more than Denver's league-leading eight passing scores allowed). The Rams have eight interceptions this year (20th in the NFL) and have notched 30 sacks (fifth in the NFL). Over the past four weeks (four games), this team has given up the sixth-least fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (17.4 on average); but are 10th-most in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (11.3). St. Louis is the most stingy D in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (9.5, tied with Atlanta). Last week, Baltimore managed 27/44 for 292 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown - many more passing yards than usual, but still more interceptions thrown than TDs. This is a tough matchup for Dalton and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs ARI (12 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)
A.J. Green was shadowed by Patrick Peterson most of the game but he did break free for a big play down the sideline of 42-yards against Jerraud Powers in the first quarter that set up a touchdown. He finished the game with an inefficient four receptions on twelve targets for 79 yards and zero touchdowns in their loss to the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football. He has 19 targets in the past two games and was battling through an injury late in this game.
2015 Week 10 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Star wide receiver A.J. Green was not involved in this game until late in the third quarter but did finish with 5 receptions for 67 yards on Monday Night against the Texans. His fifth catch proved to be the nail in the coffin as he was stripped at the Texans 23-yard line with just 40 seconds left in the game with the team down four points. The ball came out as Green was bracing his fall heading to the ground and would have given the Bengals a key first down.
2015 Week 9 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Wide receiver A.J. Green had four catches for 53 yards against the Browns in Week 9 but tied for the team lead with six targets. Game script may have been the issue as the Bengals went run heavy with a lead most of the game. It didn't help all three touchdown passes went to his tight end Tyler Eifert. His long catch of the night was a deep pass right out of the shotgun that Green hauled in for 18 yards in the third quarter.
2015 Week 8 vs PIT (17 / 11 / 118 / 1 rec)
Marvin Jones was nearly killed in the first half going through the middle, which opened the door for A.J. Green to have a huge day for the Bengals. The superstar wide receiver had an insane 17 targets against the Steelers in which he reeled in 11 passes for 118 yards and the game-winning touchdown. It was an ugly game for the majority of the skill positions for the Bengals but Green was the lone beneficiary. His 9-yard touchdown was on a slant route and when it mattered most Dalton hit him with a perfectly thrown ball in the end zone.
2015 Week 6 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
It was a tough night for A.J. Green in Week 6 against the Bills as their game plan was clearly to take him out of the game. Green caught just 4 balls on seven targets for 36 yards against rookie Ronald Darby. This freed up Marvin Jones to lead the team in catches and receiving yards. The big days will be there for Green but there will be weeks that quarterback Andy Dalton will be content to feature another member of this talented offensive unit.
2015 Week 5 vs SEA (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman for the majority of this game shadowed A.J. Green, as the Seahawks defense was content letting Tyler Eifert go off. Green had 6 catches for 78 yards in Week 5 but actually could have had a bigger day as he had a 72-yard touchdown called back due to a holding penalty in the first quarter. This is what caused the switch from Williams to Sherman early in the game and that proved to be a wise decision for the Seahawks. Dalton essentially stopped looking his way as he had just 13 yards in the second half.
2015 Week 4 vs KC (10 / 7 / 82 / 0 rec)
A.J. Green had a relatively quiet performance against the Chiefs in comparison to his career day in Week 3. He did secure seven receptions on ten targets and finished the day with 82 yards. His biggest play of the game came off a low snap which quarterback Andy Dalton scooped up and threw deep down field for Green and a 36-yard gain down the left side of the field. Green was a victim of poor game script in this game as the Bengals were content nursing a big league they gained early on.
2015 Week 3 vs BAL (13 / 10 / 227 / 2 rec)
It was a career day for A.J. Green as he caught 10 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3. Quarterback Andy Dalton hit Green in stride for some huge gains in this game and nearly connected for another touchdown earlier in the game where Green was just out of bounds. In the fourth quarter the duo really got things going as the very first play after a Baltimore defensive touchdown, A.J. Green caught an 80-yard pass from Andy Dalton where he broke tackles from both Jimmy Smith and Will Hill to get into the end zone. The Ravens had zone coverage on the play and Green caught the ball in stride down the seam with 6:37 left in the game. After a great one-handed catch by Marvin Jones, Green would then catch the eventual game winning 7-yard touchdown pass on a fade route after a Dalton audible. This was a very similar play they ran earlier in the game when A.J. was just out of bounds but he mad no mistake the second time around. Green was clearly Andy Dalton's favorite target on the night and it was one of the most dominating performances against the Ravens by an opposing wide receiver in history.
2015 Week 2 vs SD (4 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
Green was critical of himself after Week 1 where he dropped a touchdown pass from Andy Dalton in the end zone. He finished this game with only 45 yards on three receptions but he did catch a touchdown. His first target of the night was a quick screen pass on the Bengals first drive that he took out of bounds for 6 yards. Quarterback Andy Dalton did find him for a nice 23-yard gain through the middle in the first quarter on that drive as well. On his touchdown reception A.J. Green came off the line from the left and leaped in the air to snag the ball from cornerback Brandon Flowers in the back of the end zone for a 16 yard score.
2015 Week 1 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Though gaining a lot of attention from defenders, A.J. Green had an inconsistent day for the Bengals with a few uncharacteristic drops. His first catch of the day came on a comeback route on the second play of the drive with Andy Dalton out of the shotgun for 7 yards. He then had A.J. Green in single coverage where he beat his defender along the sideline but Dalton missed him with a long throw, a sure touchdown. Not long after, A.J. Green drops a pass in the end zone, which causes the Bengals to settle for a field goal. They did get on track the next drive however when Green made a wide open catch for 30 yards, but this one play was almost half his production on the day. The team was making a lot of things happen off of play action including two short crossing routes to green in the 3rd quarter. Dalton goes deep the very next play but then yet another drop from Green tight along the sideline in coverage. The chemistry just did not seem to be there with Dalton and Green in this game.
Latest NewsBengals | A.J. Green held out of end zone (Mon Nov 23, 01:22 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green posted four receptions for 79 yards in the Week 11 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He was targeted a team-high 12 times. link to story Bengals | A.J. Green has fairly quiet night (Tue Nov 17, 12:38 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green hauled in five receptions for 67 yards in the Week 10 game against the Houston Texans Monday, Nov. 16. He was targeted seven times. link to story
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|14||vs Pittsburgh Steelers|
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