It's no secret the AFC North is one of the best divisions in football.
The division is home to several players within the top five of their respective positions, including Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil, and Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell.
But is Bengals WR A.J. Green among the division's best? More so, is he capable of having enough of an impact to be the division MVP this year?
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler thinks so. In a roundtable debating the AFC North MVP in 2015, Fowler picked Green to be the most impactful player in the division this year:
Even if the Bengals fall short of the playoffs, here's to feeling Green has a Hello World, 1,500-yard season despite double teams and the offense's emphasis on running.
As good as Green is, he's got a lot going against him to being that good in 2015. He plays in a run-heavy offense that saw Andy Dalton attempt just 30.1 pass attempts per game in 2014, down from 36.6 throws per contest in 2013. Green's numbers also dropped from 98 catches,1,426 yards and 11 scores in 2013 to 69 receptions, 1,041 1 yards and six scores last year.
However, that came with Green missing essentially five games due to injury (played 666 regular-season snaps in 2014 compared to Antonio Brown's 1,084). It's safe to think his 2015 numbers will be more reflective of his 2013 season, if not better.
There's also the fact that Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard will be drawing a lot of attention from opposing defenses this year. That makes it harder to double team Green, especially on play-action passes when the running game is successful.
It's not crazy to think Green could put up an MVP-like performance in 2015, but with Cincinnati's offense being so balanced, it won't be an absolute requirement for Green to be the MVP for the Bengals to be successful and get back to the postseason.