There was a worry that with A.J. Green returning on Sunday against the Jaguars, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu wouldn't get the opportunities he did during Green's absence. In two of the three games that Green has missed with a foot injury, Sanu recorded at least 120 yards receiving. And, he combined for 18 receptions for 299 yards receiving in the games that Green was absent for.
If anything, Green's presence allowed Sanu more freedom. With 11:55 remaining in the second quarter, Sanu scored while his defender checked off for underneath coverage, while A.J. Green tip-toed down the left sidelines. The touchdown gave Cincinnati a 7-3 lead.
Fast-forward to the 6:34 mark in the second. The Bengals had third and nine from the Jaguars 42-yard line. Sanu ran a fade while A.J. Green ran a post. The routes crossed each other and quarterback Andy Dalton targeted the outside route. Sanu hauled in the 33-yard reception to the Jaguars nine-yard line. Cincinnati eventually scored on a 31-yard Mike Nugent field goal, taking a 10-3 lead with 4:29 remaining in the first half.
Sanu completed another 36-yarder, in a Willie Mays over-the-shoulder effort to move Cincinnati to Jacksonville's 11-yard line. Jeremy Hill scored his first of two touchdowns on the afternoon, bouncing around the left edge, giving Cincinnati a commanding 19-3 lead with 10:40 remaining in the third.
When the Bengals concluded their 33-23 win over the Jaguars, Sanu led the team with 95 yards receiving on four receptions. Sanu was also responsible for three of Cincinnati's four biggest plays.