When the Cincinnati Bengals went into the 2011 NFL Draft, they knew that they had to rework an offense that badly needed a facelift. Gone were the days of WR TJ Houshmanzadeh and WR Chad Johnson catching passes from QB Carson Palmer. They drafted WR AJ Green and coupled him with QB Andy Dalton, and the two just continue to build a rapport that has made the Bengals a 3-1 team that is 2-1-1 ATS for your NFL picks thus far this year.
Green has been particularly special this year, and he figures to continue on a torrid pace for the rest of the campaign. His first quarter of his sophomore season wrapped up on Sunday with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Green had six catches for 117 yards and a TD, and he now has three straight games with a trip to the end zone. Green has caught at least five passes in all of his games this year, and he now has 27 receptions, 428 yards, and three scores in total on the campaign.
Prorate that over the course of 16 games, and you’ve got 108 receptions, 1,712 yards, and 12 scores, and no one is counting Green out from creating that type of a season after accounting for 1,057 yards and seven TDs in 15 games last year.
Perhaps the best part this week for Green and his Bengals? They’re going against a Miami Dolphins defense that has allowed 297.8 passing yards per game this year in Week 5.The Fins gave up a 100-yard receiver in three of their first four games this year, and a whopping five men already have at least 65 yards out of the receiver position (not to mention the running back and tight end) this year.
Green should be in for another good one on Sunday, and the Bengals might be ready to move to 4-1 atop the AFC North.