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Green wins first player of the week award


A.J. Green (right) made life miserable for the Ravens Sunday.

It's hard to believe that four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green has never won an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award until Wednesday. Maybe harder to believe he beat out two quarterbacks after they had huge days Sunday.

But Green's career-high 227 yards held up over teammate Andy Dalton's career-high 383 passing yards in the 28-24 victory in Baltimore and Tom Brady's 358 yards in the Patriots' victory over Jacksonville. Green's two fourth-quarter touchdowns marked his first two-TD game since a Dec. 22, 2013 victory over Minnesota.

With 335 yards on 18 catches, Green is off to his fastest three-game start in his five seasons. When it comes to catches, it's his third best.  It's a 111.7 yards per game average that would  translate to 1,782 yards over this season and smash Chad Johnson's club-record of 1,440 set in 2007.

Green's 227 yards are not only the most receiving yards in a game this season, but also the most yards from scrimmage. It was the second most receiving yards in Bengals history, behind Chad Johnson's 260 against San Diego in 2006. Green's previous high, 224 yards last season against Pittsburgh, is third.

It hasn't been long for the Bengals The last Bengal to win an AFC Player of the Week award was cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick for his two fourth-quarter picks off Denver quarterback Peyton Manning in Cincinnati's playoff-clinching win in Week 16 last season. The last Bengal to win an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award was running back Jeremy Hill. He had 169 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns in Week 15 last season at Cleveland.

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