Milestones, Milestones, Milestones… And Other Postgame Headlines

  • DALTON-GREEN: Quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver AJ Green have now become the most prolific rookie quarterback/receiver combination in the NFL since 1991. Dalton and Green have combined for 58 receptions and 951 yards this season, surpassing Cleveland’s combination of Tim Couch and Kevin Johnson, who posted 57 receptions and 859 yards in 1999. Dalton to Green is fourth in rookie QB-WR touchdowns since 1951. Green has 7 TDs on the year, but don’t forget that Gradkowski threw one of them in the week 1 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
  • GREEN: Green had six receptions for 115 yards yesterday, totaling 1006 yards for the entire season. He is the first rookie WR to break 1000 yards since the Saints’ Marques Colston did it in 2006. Green is still behind Cris Collinsworth for the rookie receiving yards title (1009), but that shouldn’t take long to surpass. Finally, if Green has one more 100+ yard game this season, he will tie a Bengals WR record of 5 100+ games in a season.
  • DALTON: Dalton is the fifth rookie quarterback in NFL history to break the 3000 yard passing mark. Dalton can also be the first rookie quarterback since 1970 to amass 8 wins and 20 touchdowns if he gets two more passing touchdowns this year.
  • GREEN INJURY: Green suffered a sprained shoulder when he was tripped up in the second quarter yesterday. He is optimistic about his chances of playing this Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals.  He headed to the locker room early, took a cortisone shot and returned to the game, but it was clear that his blocking and catching wasn’t 100%. He was hobbled by the injury the rest of the day, though it’s certainly something he can play through next week. Green added this:
  • "“I had it before and it’s nothing serious. I’m definitely not going to miss these last two games for nothing,” Green said."

    • PENALTY PROBLEM: The Bengals were called for 11 penalties for 101 yards yesterday. Two came from replacement RG Mike McGlynn and a shocking THREE false start penalties were called on TE Jermaine Gresham. They don’t seem so bad next to the Rams 10 penalties for 109 yards, but that much shooting-yourself-in-the-foot won’t let you win games against many other teams.
    • ROAD WARRIORS: The Bengals closed out their 2011 road schedule with another win, finishing at a solid 5-3 away from home. It’s their best road winning percentage since 2005, when they were 6-2.
    • TATE: Return man Brandon Tate had a 56-yard punt return today, which set the team up with great field position in the third quarter. The team capitalized with a Bernard Scott TD-run a few plays later. Tate’s run gives him 481 punt return yards on the season, which is a Bengals franchise record. He takes the record away from the former return man Quan Cosby. Cosby set the record in 2009 and was also the team’s primary punt returner in 2010. Cosby is now doing return work for the Denver Broncos, and he muffed two kickoffs today. (smiles).
    • BENSON: After a miserable first half, Cedric finally found some running room in the second half of the Rams game. He ran for 55 of his 76 total yards in the second half, including a fourth quarter touchdown. Benson now needs 44 more yards to break 1000 rushing yards for the third consecutive season.