Michael Johnson and A.J. Green Getting Their Dues

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Sept 23, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) celebrates in the end zone after a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE


After coming up big for the Bengals this past week in the teams’ thrilling road win over the Washington Redskins, WR A.J. Green and DE Michael Johnson are getting some deserved praise from the analysts at Pro Football Focus in their weekly Team of the Week segment in which they select the past weeks’ best players based on their PFF grades. Consider it their version of the All-Week 3 team. Green leads the way after his 9-catch, 183-yard performance highlighted his career day vs. the Skins:

Wide Receivers: A.J. Green, CIN (+4.8) and Calvin Johnson, DET (+4.2)

Two players who just keep doing what they’re doing. Green picked up 183 yards as he and Andy Dalton really found their stride. Over in Tennessee Calvin Johnson keeps making plays even when the Titans defensive scheme was set up to prevent him beating them down the field. 164 yards later you realize you just can’t stop Megatron sometimes.

To even be mentioned in the same sentence as Calvin is an extremely high honor, and Green appears to be well on his way to becoming regarded as one of the NFL’s elite receivers. He now leads the AFC in receiving yards (311) and trails only Calvin Johnson for the NFL lead (369). A selection in this years’ Pro Bowl should be the absolute minimum when it comes to Greens’ goals, as the level he’s playing at right now will have him in the conversation for an All-Pro selection, and may even garner some MVP votes.


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