Friday, November 25, 2011
Top matchup: A.J. Green vs. Joe Haden
By Jamison Hensley
Here's a top matchup heading into Sunday's Bengals-Browns game along with a take from Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.
Who: Bengals WR A.J. Green vs. Browns CB Joe Haden
Breakdown: Green leads NFL rookies in receiving yards (635) and touchdown catches (six). He's had a catch of at least 20 yards in eight of his nine games this season. He missed last Sunday's game with a hyperextended right knee, but he had a full practice Thursday. Haden ranks among the NFL leaders with 16 passes defensed this season. He broke up a season-high five passes in the season opener against Cincinnati. In the previous meeting, Green was held to one catch, but it went for a 41-yard touchdown against an unprepared Browns defense.
What's being said: "I think he's just a good cover guy. He really doesn't come up there and try to challenge you that much, but you have to run precise routes because he's going to be on you in and out of your breaks, so you have to run good routes." -- Green on Haden
Williamson's take: "Well, the first thing you notice is that Green has a substantial height/length advantage -- and Green knows how to use it. But Green also has a lot of body for Haden to hit, and Haden is much stronger/more physical and plays with excellent leverage. I would also say that Haden is the much better technical/fundamental player of the two. Should be a good one."