Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green picked up 173 yards and 1 touchdown on 10 catches in Cincinnati’s 22-7 rout against the Dolphins on Thursday night. It was the second game this season in which the former First-Team All-SEC member topped 170 receiving yards, a career best. Surprisingly, the sixth-year pro has only posted two 150-yard-plus efforts in the same season once (2013).
Green’s production against Miami was extraordinary. Not only did he have the Bengals’ only touchdown but he also had more receiving yards (166) through the third quarter than the entire Dolphins offense (152).
The touchdown came on a second-and-goal at the Cincy 7-yard line late in the first quarter. From the shotgun, quarterback Andy Dalton threw a quick strike to Green at the line of scrimmage. Green slipped past Miami’s Tony Lippett for an easy score.
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Several stellar receptions highlighted Green’s performance just days after he lamented a rare dropped pass in the team’s 29-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 3. The first was a 51-yard jump ball on the second play of the touchdown drive in which he outmuscled Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard.
The second was a 21-yard grab early in the second quarter on a post route across the middle. Green stretched his 6-foot-4 frame to snag this beauty:
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Another insane grab from @ajgreen_18.
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Green’s classiest catch occurred in the third quarter. He dusted Lippett off the snap and reeled in a 43-yard basket catch at his knees between two defenders:
Green wasn’t the only former Bulldogs star churning out the highlights against the Dolphins. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins, credited with 2 tackles in the win, helped hold Miami to 62 total rushing yards. Atkins also recorded 1.5 sacks, embarrassing Miami right guard Jermon Bushrod on the solo effort. Off a stunt, the four-time Pro Bowl player bulldozed Bushrod straight into quarterback Ryan Tannehill, knocking both to the ground.
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Bengals safety Shawn Williams notched 3 tackles in the win. Miami safety Reshad Jones registered 5 solo tackles and 4 assisted.
Another former Georgia player who had a big weekend was Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley. The second-year pro had one of his most productive nights in the team’s 43-14 loss to the Steelers. Conley picked up a career-best 70 receiving yards, matching highs in catches (6) and targets (7).
Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones was in on 3 tackles and picked off Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith for the only interception in the game. Smith’s attempted screen pass midway through the first quarter was tipped at the line of scrimmage straight into Jones’ hands. The pick is the second for the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2012), and he almost turned it into 6 points. Take a look:
Rams defensive captain Alec Ogletree also turned in a noteworthy performance, recording 7 solo tackles in a 17-13 upset win against the Cardinals. Ogletree commandeered a unit that forced 5 Arizona turnovers.