Tuesday, October 2, 2012
AFC North Game Balls: Week 4
By Jamison Hensley
We're handing out game balls after Week 4 and this is who's getting them:
OFFENSE: A.J. Green, Bengals. The wide receiver caught six passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. The amazing part is that Green didn't make his first catch until there was 1:53 left in the first half. He accounted for 48 percent of the Bengals' receiving yards Sunday. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who threw for 356 yards and had a hand in two touchdowns (threw for one and ran for another), was also in the running.
DEFENSE: Cary Williams, Ravens. The cornerback has gotten beat repeatedly this season, but he came up big when the Ravens needed him. With Baltimore ahead 16-10 in the final minute of the third quarter, Williams jumped a sideline route, picked off a Brandon Weeden pass and ran 63 yards for the score. In a game decided by seven points (23-16), Williams made the decisive play.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Cedric Peerman, Bengals. He's not a kicker or return specialist. But Peerman made the biggest play on special teams in the division when he took the direct snap on a fake punt and ran 48 yards to pick up the first down. With the Bengals trailing 7-3 in the second quarter, this trick play set up the Bengals' first touchdown as Cincinnati scored 24 of the game's final 27 points. Bengals punter Kevin Huber, who averaged 47.7 yards and pinned two of three punts inside the 20-yard line, was also considered.