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Week 10: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Offense

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Oct 31, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green on the bench in the second quarter of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Green

Again, it may seem harsh for a guy with 8 receptions for 151 yards and a TD, but what seems to be overlooked is Green’s inconsistent effort and what seems like a refusal to defend against interceptions. How many interceptions does Dalton have over the last 2.5 years that could have been prevented by a little effort by Green?

Maybe the one on Sunday Green couldn’t have caught, but doesn’t he need to try? Maybe he tips it and keeps it from being picked. Maybe his jumping distracts the defender enough that he drops the pick. Maybe neither, but it just seems at times Green gives up and hurts the team. There was at least 1 other ball (poor throw) that almost got picked on Sunday which Green gave a poor effort on. The INT before half in Miami could have been prevented by Green and lead to what would turn out to be a huge FG.

The first INT in Chicago could have been prevented by Green and that one lead to a TD (in a game the Bengals lost by 3). He also dropped a perfect pass in Chicago that lead to an INT and prevented an easy 3 points. I am just saying, if his name was Chad, we would be all over him for this. And, speaking of drops, unbeknownst to Mike Mayock, the NFL leaders in drops have 7 (6 players).

Next at 6? AJ Green. One of which may have cost them the Bears game and one of which may have cost them the Miami game (and did lead to the series that injured Atkins). I like Green, but he himself has expressed his need to work on his body language. I think he needs to also work on his effort being consistent.