A.J. Green thinks there are plenty of places to make plays against the Giants’ secondary. And he isn’t afraid to tell them.
Appearing on WFAN this morning, the Bengals’ receiver took a shot at the Giants’ secondary and it’s recent lapses by telling hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton: “I feel like they’ve got a lot of holes in their defense.”
OK, Green did have some praise. But not for the secondary.
“The Giants probably have one of the best front fours in the game,” he said. “They only rush four. They rarely blitz, so that’s dropping more guys in coverage because they have so much confidence in their front four. And they get a lot of pressure just like that. We’re going to have to be solid up front, run our right routes and try to get some quick stuff going to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands quick.”
That’s been the not-so-secret formula that teams have used all year to combat the Giants’ pass rushers.
Green leads the AFC in receiving touchdowns with eight and has 51 catches for 735 yards. The Giants’ pass defense has allowed 38 pass plays of 20 yards or more this season. That’s the second-most in the NFL (although that stat is a bit skewed because the Giants are one of the few teams who have played nine games so far; most teams have played eight).
And now comes Green and Armon Binns and a Bengals offense that may not be so great at intermediate plays – they have only 24 passes of 20 or more yards this season, with is ranked 19th in the NFL – but has a bunch of really deep ones. The Bengals have connected on nine passes of 40 or more yards this season, second-most in the NFL. Only the Bucs have more with 10. A.J. Green has three of them, while TE Jermaine Gresham has two.
“They’re no different than anyone else we play each and every week,” Antrel Rolle said yesterday, before the Green comments. “They’re great. Green obviously is a great receiver, a big-play receiver. They have multiple weapons … We just have to go in and be disciplined in our approach and just get back to Giants football. Just fly around and make plays.”