Despite an offensive slump by Andy Dalton, and the run game not providing much help, A.J. Green still seems to rack up yards, as he brings his total to 735 on 51 receptions. That’s also an impressive 14.4 average yards per catch. This showcases his ability not only to catch the deep ball, but also his ability to get yards after catching the football.
Equally as impressive is his unique ability to find ways to get the football in the end zone. He now has a touchdown catch in eight straight games, which is third all-time for the Bengals franchise.
The previous statistics for Green suggest two things. 1. He is a phenomenal receiver, and one who can find ways to get the football in any situation, particularly when in the red zone. 2. Andy Dalton may not trust his other receivers as much. There’s your problem for the season. Amid Gresham’s drops and a lack of big plays from his other young receivers through the middle of the season, A.J. Green represents his most reliable target. In fact, his 735 yards more than double every Bengals receiver other than Jermaine Gresham. Andy Dalton needs other receivers to step up their game and make plays when Green attracts extra coverage. If they don’t, the Bengals will never be able to develop a consistent offense. Other teams are learning this quickly and it has played a major role in their current losing streak.
I’m fine with getting A.J. the ball. Good things happen when Andy does. But the pigskin needs to find the hands of his other receivers. Once that happens, I think we’ll be alright. Right after our defense and running game is fixed of course.