Bengals Andy Dalton And A.J. Green Closing On Rookie Record

With 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton scrambled out of the pocket while keeping his hawk-like eyes downfield. As James Harrison converged, Dalton unleashes the football targeting the left upright where wide receiver A.J. Green patrolled. As the football approached, Green jumped through two defenders scoring the team's first touchdown. It was the fifth time that Andy Dalton and A.J. Green hooked up this year.

And according to the NFL, they're closing in on a record that's 40 years old.

The record for most touchdowns between a rookie quarterback and wide receiver combination is nine, held by New England quarterback Jim Plunkett and wide receiver Randy Vataha during the 1971 season. Following them are Tim Couch and Kevin Johnson with eight in 1999 with the Cleveland Browns and Tony Banks and Eddie Kennison with the St. Louis Rams in 1996.

QUARTERBACK-RECEIVER DUOS

TEAM

YEAR

TOUCHDOWNS

Jim Plunkett-Randy Vataha

New England Patriots

1971

9

Tim Couch-Kevin Johnson

Cleveland Browns

1999

8

Tony Banks-Eddie Kennison

St. Louis Rams

1996

7

Andy Dalton-A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

2011

5*

Jay Cutler-Tony Scheffler

Denver Broncos

2006

4

Phil Simms-Earnest Gray

New York Giants

1979

4

Jack Trudeau-Bill Brooks

Indianapolis Colts

1986

4

*Through nine games

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