The Cincinnati Bengals lost the Thursday nighter in what could be generously described as a “not very exciting game of football,” dropping their early season record to 0-2. Following the 13-9 loss to the equally underwhelming Houston Texans, many of the Bengals were frustrated, but none more so than wide receiver A.J. Green.
The Bengals have now gone two straight games without even scoring a touchdown, and Green sounded off to the press after the game.
“We are playing like shit right now,” Green said. “We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball. That’s it. It’s a superstar-driven league. You are not going to win without them.”
“Being one of the leaders of the offense I feel like – no disrespect to nobody else – that ball should be mine somewhere somehow,” Green said about the Bengals’ final drive attempt. “That’s my mentality. In those situations, I want the ball. As the leader of the offense, you should be like that. I wanted that ball.”
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Green hauled in five catches on eight targets for 67 yards. The Bengals only threw to him four times in the second half, which was especially perplexing when both of Houston’s starting cornerbacks were out of the game with injuries.
Through two games, the Bengals are 0-for-6 in the red zone, and only have three field goals from those situations. Maybe, and we’re just spitballing here, but maybe they should just throw Green the ball.