Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs the ball against Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson (39) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Cleveland 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
A.J. Green vs. Jonathan Joseph
A matchup of two Pro Bowlers, A.J. Green vs. Jonathan Joseph could end up being the most enticing matchup of the night. The two players have earned a combined six Pro Bowl nods and have played a combined nine-and-a-half seasons in Cincinnati.
Joseph, once a first-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, spent five years in the Queen City alongside Leon Hall, forming one of the NFL’s top cornerback tandems. Joseph picked off 14 passes as a Bengal and has recorded 25 career interceptions.
On the other hand, A.J. Green, a four-time Pro Bowler, has spent the entirety of his career as a Bengal and will be in Cincinnati to stay after signing an offseason extension. The wide receiver has recorded 5,576 career receiving yards and 39 touchdowns in his brief tenure of under five seasons.
Green has been a relatively inconsistent player this season, only recording 100+ yards receiving in two games. But in those two games, Green caught a combined 21 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns. The superstar wideout is among the league’s best receivers; however, Green has humbly taken a backseat as defenses send double-teams his way, allowing teammates like Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones to break out and make a difference.
Because of Green’s humility and his teammates’ success, the Bengals offense has become one of the NFL’s best; that’s not to say, however, that Green can’t take over a game when the coverage is lacking.
Given Tyler Eifert’s recent success, Bill O’Brien is going to be forced to send double-teams in Eifert’s direction, even if O’Brien knows that Green is the best pass-catcher in Cincinnati.
If the Texans elect to double-team Eifert, Green could torch the Texans defense all game long. He caught 12 passes for 121 yards in last season’s contest and could compile similar numbers on Monday night.
Monday Night Football is always fun to watch, but these three matchups could make Monday night’s matchup even more exciting than the typical football we see. Be sure to tune in!