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Bengals Banter: Back to the drawing board

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Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) and Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) talk after the game at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Cincinnati 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

It was a frustrating day for the Cincinnati Bengals, and there might not have been a player more disappointed with his performance than that of A.J. Green. While he did have the best opening day game ever by a Bengals receiver (9 catches for 162 yards and 2 TDs), all he could think about after the game were all the missed opportunities, including his first-quarter drop that turned into an INT in Bears territory:

"“I took my eyes off it. I demand greatness of myself. That can’t happen.”"

After the game, he knew the Bengals had let one get away, but he’s ready to get back to work and rebound next week vs. the Steelers:

"“It’s tough man. What is going to stand out are those three turnovers we had. We can’t have that to beat a good team like the Bears. We can’t give them any leeway. We got to go back to the drawing board and look at ourselves. (We need to) put our head down and keep grinding.”"