10 Bengals Who Should Make the Pro Bowl

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Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

3. A.J. Green

It’s insane to imagine that A.J. Green isn’t even being targeted like a top wide receiver, yet he’s still putting up insane numbers.

Green went off in the Bengals’ victory against the Baltimore Ravens, catching 10 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, both of which put the Bengals in the lead at the time he scored the touchdowns. His second touchdown ended up being the score that won the game for the Bengals.

Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Green has caught 35 of 50 targets this season, recording 531 yards receiving (good for sixth in the NFL) and three touchdowns. His longest catch of 80 yards is the second-longest among all players in the NFL, and his 15.2 yards-per=-catch average ranks 12th among players with at least 20 catches.

And while Green has only recorded at least 100 yards receiving in one game this season, his presence on the field commands double-teams and opens up space for his teammates to make plays. Take his game in Seattle, for example.

In the Bengals’ win over the Seahawks, Richard Sherman finally left his position on the left side of the field to shadow Green all over the field. (That’s the first time that Sherman has left his post to shadow an opposing receiver–that’s a testament to Green’s skill level.

Since Sherman had to man on Green, Green’s teammates were able to expose Seattle’s weakened secondary all game long. But Green wasn’t just a decoy; he also made some nice plays himself. Although he didn’t have any insanely flashy plays, Green caught a clutch pass from Dalton on the final drive of regulation while being guarded by Sherman, gaining a first down that put the Bengals within decent scoring range.

Despite the drop in numbers, A.J. Green is just doing his job. He knows that he’s one of many weapons in Cincinnati, and he’s okay with that. And even despite the low numbers, Green is an obvious Pro Bowl candidate. He’s one of the most gifted receivers in football, and the hefty contract he signed before the season is a testament to that.

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