WR A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 7-31-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Green looks fine, but the Bengals are ready to be a power-running team with the emergence of Jeremy Hill against the Browns. The Broncos tough pass rush could keep him from being a strong downfield option and limiting his total as both teams will look to be conservative on Monday night.
Week 16: vs Denver Broncos
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton has run hot-and-cold as a passer this year - last week, the Bengals ran the football 45 times for 244 yards and three rushing scores at Cleveland, so Dalton had a 'cold' game, with 14/24 for 117 yards rushing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (taking two sacks for -14 yards). A.J. Green saw the most targets, as usual, with 11, but only managed 5/49/0 receiving in those chances, while nobody else on the team got over 40 yards receiving. Jermaine Gresham's injured toe kept him sidelined last week and he's seeing a toe specialist this week - he looks iffy to play in this key AFC contest. Denver's run D is so good that most teams elect to attack the Broncos through the air (also, the opposition is usually in chase mode due to playing against Peyton Manning's offense) - to date, Denver ranks 16th in the NFL averaging 237.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 26 passing scores allowed vs. 16 interceptions (eighth in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for sixth) generated. Philip Rivers wasn't sacked last week (24/41 for 232 yards passing, with one TD thrown) but he was intercepted twice. Two weeks ago, Kyle Orton took four sacks for -14 yards, ending the day with 38/57 for 341 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown. As you can see, the Bronco's ball-hawks have been active and productive in the secondary over the last two games. Dalton and company face a dangerous matchup this week - we've seen four multiple-interceptions-thrown games from him this year, and Denver is noted for going for turnovers - at home in Paul Brown stadium we give this a neutral ranking for Dalton and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs TB (8 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)
AJ Green salvaged a decent day with his 13 yard 3rd quarter TD catch. He ran downfield, cut inside and caught a ball placed high and right in his hands for the go-ahead TD. But before that, he was having a dismal day. He was the intended target on two Andy Dalton INT's, though neither INT was Green's fault at all. Green also dropped a 3rd and long pass from Dalton over the middle, which ended a drive. Green did make a sweet move on a short comeback pass. He ran back to the ball, spun the other way and left the defender in the dust for a 20 yard gain. All in all, he had a good day when you consider how poorly the Bengals were on offense.
2014 Week 14 vs PIT (15 / 11 / 224 / 1 rec)
Green was an absolute monster against the Steelers. Ike Taylor had no answers for Green, and he just worked him all over the field. Green continued to burn the Steelers on short passes, screens, slants and virtually any route that they wanted. Then when the Steelers sat on the routes, Green burnt them deep for two long plays, including his 81 yard TD. Green completely burnt the cornerback, caught the perfectly thrown ball, made a move and ran into the endzone for his TD. The Bengals must have saw something in the matchup, because they clearly decided to get the ball to Green all game long. Whenever they needed something, they looked his way. Ever since Green has returned healthy, he has been virtually uncoverable, looking as good as he ever has in his career. His presence should have opened things up for the rest of his team, but unfortunately it didn't. No other Bengals offensive player had more than 23 yards receiving, and when the Bengals needed contributions from the other players, they generally didn't get the job done.
2014 Week 15 vs CLE (11 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
This wasn't a case of Green getting shut down by Haden again, as Haden was injured in the 2nd quarter. In fact, Green got a number of short receptions on Haden before the injury. Dalton tried to hit Green downfield on at least three occasions, but really wasn't close to completing any of them. As a result, Green's receptions were a mix of short slants and sideline routes. In the second half, Green spent the half blocking, as the Bengals had a big lead and were gashing the Browns on the ground. Green did have one nice 3rd down reception, getting open on the sideline and hauling in a 3rd down pass from Dalton. But otherwise, Green had a relatively quiet day, due to the struggles of Dalton and the success that Cincinnati had on the ground.
Latest NewsBengals | A.J. Green headed for a poor game? (Sat Dec 13, 09:10 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green has caught 12 passes on 30 targets for 81 yards and no touchdowns in his last three matchups with Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden. Our View: Haden has been one of the best corners in the league this year, but you can't bench Green even in the face of these numbers.
link to story Bengals | A.J. Green posts career high (Sun Dec 7, 07:40 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green posted 11 receptions for a career-high 224 yards in Week 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The yardage total was also the second most in franchise history. It was Green's 20th 100-yard game, and that's third-most in franchise history. Our View: Green outperformed all of the other first round wide receivers in Week 14. He'll draw Joe Haden next week, who is smarting after giving up a big day to TY Hilton today.
link to story Bengals | A.J. Green has big first half (Sun Dec 7, 02:26 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green caught seven passes for 104 yards in the first half of the team's Week 14 game. Our View: Andy Dalton has fallen back on his unstoppable number one target in the passing game just in time for the fantasy playoffs. The Steelers secondary has been a problem all year and Green is dominating against them today.
link to story Bengals | A.J. Green probable for Week 14 (Fri Dec 5, 03:55 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (thigh) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 5, and is listed as probable for Week 14. link to story Bengals | A.J. Green limited during practice (Thu Dec 4, 03:34 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (thigh) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 4. Our View: He should be able to practice fully on Friday. We love his matchup this week against the Steelers, get him in your lineup as a WR1.
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