WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 7-31-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
Week 8: vs Washington Redskins
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton went off against the sub-par Browns' defense last week, rolling up 19/28 for 308 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -20 yards. A.J. Green caught everything thrown at him with eight targets for 8/169/1 receiving, and Brandon LaFell also hauled in a TD with five targets for 4/83/1. All three of the Tylers managed one catch - Tyler Eifert saw two targets for 1/9/0 receiving in his return to action after six weeks rehabbing his ankle and back - Tyler Boyd managed three targets for 1/3/0, and Tyler Kroft had one for 1/3/0. Right now, the wide receivers are doing the heavy lifting for Dalton, although the Bengals indicated on Monday that they expect Eifert to do more in his second game back this week. The Washington pass defense limited Matthew Stafford most of the day, but then crumbled on the final drive as Stafford went 75 yards in less than 1:05 at the end of the fourth quarter and connected with Anquan Boldin for an 18-yard TD strike to pull out a 20-17 win. When it was all over, Stafford had 18/29 for 266 yards passing, with one TD and zero interceptions thrown, and three sacks taken for -16 yards. Washington limited Carson Wentz to 11/22 for 145 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with five sacks for -34 yards two games ago. To date, Washington averages 243.6 net passing yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL) with seven passing scores given away and four interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) with 19 sacks (tied for seventh) generated to date. From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Washington has averaged 14.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth-least in the NFL); and 17.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-least); with 6.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (15th-most). This is a neutral matchup for Dalton and company, the 'home' team at Wembley Stadium in London this weekend.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 7 vs CLE (8 / 8 / 169 / 1 rec)
The Bengals clearly wanted to get Green going early and he had four catches in the early minutes of the game. The first two plays of the game were both quick strikes to the star receiver. He took a screen for 12 yards and picked up six on a short comeback. Green caught a 16-yard pass on an out route in the final 30 seconds of the first half to move the Bengals out to midfield. Two plays later, Green made the play of the game on a 48-yard hail mary catch as time expired in the first half. He ran down the middle of the field and Dalton threw the ball up into a cluster of players and Green was able to tip the ball to himself and hang on as the fell to the ground amidst a trio of Browns defenders. Green caught another 48-yard pass early in the third quarter. He ran a go route down the right sideline and was able to reach out with one hand to pull in a perfectly thrown ball from Dalton.
2016 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec)
The Bengals got Green involved early with a screen pass from a novelty formation with two blockers split out wide on each side and only three linemen lined up in the middle of the field. Green was targeted on third-and-goal from the one-yard line, but the fade was played well by Malcolm Butler and the throw was slightly low. Green and Dalton were able to hook up for 22 and 23 yard gains down the right sideline on third downs to keep drives alive. Both drives eventually ended in touchdowns. Dalton hit Green in the red zone for a 14-yard completion down to the Patriots two yard line to set up the first touchdown of the game on the next play. Green had a pretty 15-yard catch called back due to a holding call. Green had a second end zone target on an out route from the slot. It looked like his arm might have been held on the play as he was forced to attempt to make the grab one handed, but no flag was thrown.
2016 Week 5 vs DAL (8 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
After a monster Week 4, Green had a quiet game. He did draw a couple pass interference penalties, but was mostly held in check. The Cowboys shifted extra defensive attention his way and the Cowboys pass rush didn't allow time for the Bengals to hit any slow-developing deep shots to Green. Green found a soft spot in the middle of the Cowboys defense for a 22-yard gain on a post route. He was able to draw a pass-interference flag on Mo Claiborne running a 15-yard comeback route. Claiborne made a beautiful leaping play in the end zone to keep Green from hauling in a 32-yard touchdown pass a few plays later. Green had a step on the go route, but Claiborne showed nice recovery speed and used his long arms to tip the ball away at the last instant. Green drew another interference call on a slant route. He hauled in a slant pass in the fourth quarter for a nice gain inside the Cowboys 10-yard line to set up a touchdown a few plays later to LaFell.
2016 Week 4 vs MIA (12 / 10 / 173 / 1 rec)
Green had a great matchup against young corners Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett and took full advantage. He set the tone early for the Bengals and completely dominated the first half. Green almost single-handedly carried the Bengals down the field for an early touchdown. He won a jump ball over Howard for a 51-yard gain to get the Bengals into Miami territory. A few plays later, he took a crossing route for 19 yards to set up first-and-goal. He then finished the drive off with a 7-yard touchdown catch on a quick screen. He caught the ball short, juked corner Tony Lippett behind the line of scrimmage and powered through his attempted tackle to get into the end zone. Green was instrumental on the Bengals' next scoring drive also. He opened the drive with a short 7-yard catch. He gained 15 yards on a crossing route after lining up in the slot, stacked behind the tight end. He then made a spectacular diving catch on a post route over the middle for 20 yards. Green burned again Lippett early in the third quarter on a go route. He beat a jam, ran right past him and snagged the well thrown ball with his hands. If Miami had shown any pulse on offense, Green could have had a record-setting game. But with a safe lead, the Bengals played a very conservative second half.
2016 Week 3 vs DEN (11 / 8 / 77 / 0 rec)
Green had an up-and-down game against the Broncos talented secondary. He was able to get open and make some plays, but had a crucial drop that swung momentum late in the game. Green got open for an easy 9-yard catch on a comeback route on the first drive. Green set up the Bengals second touchdown with an 11-yard grab on a quick screen. He made a nasty cut that left the first Broncos defender grasping for air and was finally pushed out of bounds at the 4-yard line. Green's drop came at the worst time. The Broncos had just taken the lead midway through the fourth quarter and Green was wide-open for a first down on a short out route on the Bengals ensuing drive. The ball bounced right off his hands, causing the Bengals to go three-and-out and give the ball back to the Broncos, who promptly put the game away with a long touchdown pass.
2016 Week 2 vs PIT (8 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Green ran a go route that might have gone for a touchdown, but he was pushed by corner Ross Cockrell as he attempted to accelerate past him, drawing a flag for pass interference that set the Bengals up in the red zone. Green came open late in the end zone after Dalton rolled to his left, but Dalton instead tried to force the ball into Uzomah. Green had a short pass near the sideline go through his hands. The Steelers made sure to keep everything in front of them by keeping safeties deep and mostly took away Green with extra coverage attention.
2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (13 / 12 / 180 / 1 rec)
It's safe to say that Green won his individual matchup against Darrelle Revis. When covered by Revis, Green caught all ten of his targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. Green's long 54-yard touchdown catch came early in the second quarter. He lined up outside against Revis and ran right past him on a post route. Revis thought he had safety help, but the safety bit on a crossing route underneath, leaving Green with almost five yards of separation down the middle of the field. The ball was slightly under thrown, but Green had enough separation to slow down and still have enough space to make the catch in the end zone. The Jets gave Revis safety help at times, but often left Revis on an island in man coverage. When Green was singled up, Dalton checked into plays to get him the ball. Green responded with a number of impressive catches, often against tight coverage. His ability to extend his hands and make acrobatic catches away from his body is elite. Green almost had a 93-yard touchdown reception. He caught a screen pass behind great blocking and looked like he was in the clear but lost his balance sprinting down the sideline and stumbled out of bounds untouched after a 30-yard gain. Green's only negative play of the day caused an early sack when he missed the call and went out to run block on a pass play. Dalton was clearly looking his way and had to eat the ball for a sack. Overall, it was one of the best performances of Green's illustrious career. With Eifert injured and the depth chart behind Green completely rebuilt, the Bengals needed Green to step up and he came through in a big way.
Latest NewsBengals | A.J. Green has outstanding game (Sun Oct 23, 05:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green caught eight passes for 169 yards and one touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7. Our View: Green had a very good day that was boosted to elite when he caught a hail mary for a score at the end of the first half. If Josh Norman can't go next week because of his concussion, Green might be the #1 ranked receiver of the week.
link to story Bengals | A.J. Green targeted 10 times (Mon Oct 17, 01:17 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (calf) posted six receptions for 88 yards in the Week 6 game against the New England Patriots. He was targeted 10 times. link to story Bengals | A.J. Green on track to play (Fri Oct 14, 06:44 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (calf) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.
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