WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 7-31-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Green is back to elite form, and as a bonus, his quarterback regained his confidence and game in the Superdome.
General News (Tue Nov 18): was challenged by offensive coordinator Hue Jackson this week. He responded by posting six receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. "Coach Hue wanted me to get back to the old A.J. Be great. Dominate my man every play," Green said Sunday, Nov. 16. "Nobody has said that to me in a long time. I took that to heart. I came out there and worked my butt off last week and it showed today."
Week 12: at Houston Texans
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Andy Dalton has yo-yo'ed from entirely awful (10/33 for 86 yards receiving, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown vs. the Browns two weeks ago) to efficient (16/22 for 220 yards passing, with three TDs and zero interceptions thrown at New Orleans last week). Last week, he re-established chemistry with A.J. Green throwing him nine targets for 6/127/1 receiving, while Rex Burkhead (three for 3/36/0) and Mohamed Sanu (six for 3/23/0) helped move the chains. Jermaine Gresham (three for 2/13/2) hauled in two scores from Dalton last weekend but has been involved only erratically from week to week for the Bengals - one of the TD catches was extremely fortunate. In any case, though, the Bengals' passing attack bounced back under hostile conditions in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday. The Houston pass D allowed 20/50 for 317 yards passing, one TD and one interception (with two sacks for -13 yards) to the Browns last week, and saw Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles pile up 24/34 for 293 net yards, three TDs and three interceptions, with four sacks taken for -33 yards back in Week 9. As you can see, 300+ yards passing games have been routine for Houston's opponents during November (the Texans are ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 278.1 net passing yards per game, with 19 passing scores balanced by 11 interceptions and 21 sacks generated to date - tied for eighth in the NFL and 19th in the NFL, respectively). This looks like a great matchup for Dalton and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 44 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Green returned and had a solid day. Green drew the double teams, which was tough for a guy who still doesn't quite look 100%. But even at 95%, Green almost scored two TDs. Green got his first catch on a 17 yard sideline route. Then on the next drive, Green showed some of his rust. First he caught a short pass and fumbled the ball. Sanu saved his bacon by recovering the ball. Then Green scored on a touchdown, but the TD was called back because Green was lined up offsides. Green struggled to get open and be a consistent force for most of the game. On one play in the 2nd half, he worked himself free on the sideline and Dalton completely overthrew him. Green finally got in the endzone late in the game. Green ran upfield, cut inside and Dalton nailed him right before the safety got there. It was a picture perfect throw and catch. But aside from that play, it was overall a rough day for Green. With the emergence of Mohamed Sanu, it will be interesting to see what happens with AJ Green. Against Jacksonville, Green drew the heavy coverage. But Sanu is playing so well right now, that at some point defenses will have to adjust. Of course, that will be disastrous for defenses, as AJ green against single coverage is never a good thing. Overall, Green scored a TD and made a couple nice catches, which is not a bad start for a guy coming off of a toe injury. The emergence of Sanu might bring Green's targets down just a hair, but it is also very possible that it will lead to some huge games for AJ in the future.
2014 Week 10 vs CLE (10 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
AJ Green was "targeted" 10 times in the game, but even his freak talents were unable to haul in a slew of poorly thrown ducks from a struggling Andy Dalton. Green looked visibly frustrated after Dalton threw a weak-armed sideline pass at least three yards out of reach with Cincinnati driving in the late second quarter. Green, like his QB, looked out of sorts. He dropped two short passes in the same drive in the third quarter and was never given an opportunity to make a play to bring Cincinnati back in the game. If there is any silver lining, it doesn't appear that Green was hampered by his toe injury.
2014 Week 11 vs NO (8 / 6 / 127 / 1 rec)
Green had a huge day. He looked fast, showed off his great hands, and looked like the AJ Green of 2013. Green had a 21 yard deep sideline route in the first half, and almost had a TD, but just let the ball graze the ground. But he really put his stamp on the game on a huge drive in the 4th quarter. Green got loose on 3rd and 18 and had just a bit of space between his double coverage and the sideline. Dalton laid it right on the money and Green caught a 38 yard pass. He then caught a slant pass, broke a tackle and got a first down. Then he ended his day with a 24 yard catch of another perfectly thrown ball right at the pylon for a touchdown. Green faced double coverage for most of the day, and still had a huge game. He looked completely healthy, so his owners can expect to finally start getting the production that they have been expecting, as his speed and route running was impeccable.
Latest NewsBengals | A.J. Green has busy first half (Sun Nov 23, 02:26 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green caught nine passes for 90 yards in the first half of the team's Week 12 game. link to story Bengals | A.J. Green responds to challenge (Sun Nov 16, 06:08 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green was challenged by offensive coordinator Hue Jackson this week. He responded by posting six receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. 'Coach Hue wanted me to get back to the old A.J. Be great. Dominate my man every play,' Green said Sunday, Nov. 16. 'Nobody has said that to me in a long time. I took that to heart. I came out there and worked my butt off last week and it showed today.' Our View: Green is back and he should be a massive addition for teams that survived his absence so they could have him give them a boost as they surge towards the playoffs. He'll be a WR1 next week against Houston.
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