Over the past few seasons, people have seemed to forget about A.J. Green when talking about the best receivers in the NFL.
It is a little understandable, as his numbers haven’t been up to snuff the past two seasons. That isn’t really on Green, though, as the Bengals as a whole have struggled on offense the past two seasons.
Green had a great time reintroducing himself against the Ravens on Thursday Night Football. He scored three touchdown in the first half against Baltimore. He did that on just three catches, the biggest of which was on third and two.
Green broke a tackle and ran 32 yards for what was his second score of the game.
You. Can’t. Take. Him. Down. pic.twitter.com/jnL98sbYV3— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) September 14, 2018
This was Green’s first three-touchdown game in the NFL, which is slightly surprising given his talent level. It is great to add that to the already strong resume that Green is building. The Ravens also seem to be Green’s favorite opponent, as he has now scored nine touchdowns against Baltimore over his career.
This was also a huge difference in results from last season at this point. Following the Bengals Week 2 loss against the Texans, Green was vocal about a lack of opportunities for Cincinnati’s play makers.
The team had failed to score a touchdown after two games, and the Bengals’ offensive coordinator Ken Zampese was fired and replaced with current offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
This year, Green snagged three in one quarter. It is easy to see the difference.
This was undoubtedly Green’s best prime time performance, which gets him some national respect from people who wouldn’t normally get to see him. Too often, we hear names like Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr. tossed out there as the best receivers in the NFL.
Those guys are well deserving, but too often people forget about Green. This performance should help get his name more involved in those discussions. Even if Green is far to humble to say it himself.
“It’s a long season," Green told Jeremy Rauch of Fox19. "This is a team that’s going to stay quiet, not going to toot our horns, just going to keep playing.”
Green finished the game with five catches for 69 yards and three touchdowns. It is a performance that we should see included in any of Green’s highlight reels from here on out.