Thursday, October 4, 2012

Green named AFC Offensive Player of the Month

With two straight 100-yard games and a touchdown in three straight games, A.J. Green has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month.

Green enters Sunday's game against Miami leading the AFC in catches (27) and standing second in yards (428, which is 27 behind Miami's Brian Hartline). In the NFL rankings, Green is tied for fifth in receptions and second behind Hartline in receiving yards.

Green also has three touchdowns and is averaging 15.9 yards per catch. In last year's first four games, Green had 19 receptions for 312 yards (16.4 ypc) and two touchdowns.

It is the first time the Bengals have had an AFC Offensive Player of the Month since Carson Palmer in September of 2005. Since then they have had a Defensive Player of the Month (Antwan Odom in Sept. 2009) and Special Teams Player of the Month (Mike Nugent in Sept. 2010).

Andy Dalton was the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Month last October.

Green is on pace for 1,712 yards and 108 catches. That would easily outpace Chad Johnson's single-season team record of 1,440 set in 2007. The catches would rank second to the 112 that T.J. Houshmandzadeh had in 2007. Green is also on pace for 12 touchdowns, which would tie for second. Carl Pickens' 17 appears to be one of those marks that might be out of reach for a long time.


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