CINCINNATI -- A.J. Green changed his mind about the Giants' defense, all the while hammering home his initial point.
Green, the Bengals' leading receiver, said during the week that the Giants had holes in their defense -- the secondary in particular -- that could be exploited. After catching seven passes for 85 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown that capped the team's opening drive, Green said his words were misconstrued . . . even if they were prophetic.
"Their defense is great," Green said after the Bengals' 31-13 win Sunday.
So great that it allowed Andy Dalton to throw a career-high four touchdown passes on just 30 attempts for a 127.6 passer rating.
"We felt that when we had chances to take our shots, we needed to hit them," Dalton said of deep passes such as the 56- yarder to the wide-open Green.
It turned out to be the only chance they needed. The Giants did not allow another pass of more than 20 yards in the game.
The other touchdown passes were an 11-yarder to Andrew Hawkins in which rookie Jayron Hosley dived for the ball but just missed it, a 10-yard pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham with Antrel Rolle in coverage and a 10-yard pass to the rookie out of Rutgers, Mohamed Sanu, with Prince Amukamara guarding him tightly.
"Prince had excellent coverage and sometimes that's going to happen," Rolle said, "but other than that, every play we pretty much gave them on our behalf."
That was certainly the case on the first one to Green.
Corey Webster was spun around on the sideline as Green ran past him and Webster said he was expecting safety help over the top. It was not there. Even when the ball was in the air, Webster looked confused and was covering someone else while Green ran free.
"You can't have that against anybody that you are going against," Webster said of the miscommunication. "They're already a good team. We don't have to give them a 50-yarder to start. We can't have that."
It was Rolle who came barking back at Green after his comments this past week, warning the receiver that he would answer with his pads and suggesting that Green should duck if he saw Rolle coming his way.
Green did not.
"It wasn't A.J. Green who beat us," Rolle said. "It was their entire team that beat us."