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A.J. Green says Bengals will return to the playoffs in 2019

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The Bengals wide receiver believes the hype is valid this year.

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A.J. Green was just one Bengals’ player among many to land on season-ending Injured Reserve.

When everyone is healthy, the Bengals’ offense is potent. Last year, however, the Bengals’ offense floundered after losing Green, Tyler Eifert, Andy Dalton, Cordy Glenn, Tyler Kroft, Preston Brown, Nick Vigil, and others.

If everyone can stay healthy, Green believes this offense can be as dangerous as any other in the league.

“If everyone stays healthy, the sky’s the limit for this offense,” Green said via the team’s website. “Last year, we were averaging (28) points a game … We have talent. We have a great back. We have great receivers. We have a great line. We’ve got a great defense. We just have to put everything together and everybody stays healthy.”

Green is coming off of foot surgery, and is looking forward to joining the team for training camp later this summer.

“We like to take a humble approach to this thing,” said head coach Zac Taylor. “I think it’s important to not make any predictions, because the NFL is a tough league and you have to come out and focus each game at a time, but I do like our guys to have some confidence, too.”

In retrospect, you can really divide 2018 into two seasons. In the first five games, the Bengals went 4-1, scored nearly 31 points a game and only allowed 26. But Week 5 is when the Bengals first were hit by the injury bug, losing Eifert and John Ross in a win over the Falcons.

In the final 11 games of 2018, the Bengals only scored 19 and a half points a game, while giving up 29 and a half, going 2-9 in the process.

Green has a point when he says that the Bengals can do some amazing things if everyone is healthy. With an offensive minded head coach, who will almost certainly be able to get more out of the offense than Marvin Lewis, the Bengals will be a fun team to watch next year.