CLEVELAND -- Randy Moss, you have company.
With a 102-yard showcase during the first half of the Cincinnati Bengals' game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Bengals receiver A.J. Green surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the season. It's the fifth straight season -- the same number of years Green has been in the league -- that he has had that many yards. Only one other wideout in NFL history had previously accomplished that feat: Moss.
For the record, Moss made it through his first six seasons before finally having fewer than 1,000 yards receiving. It was during that sixth season, 2004, that he missed three games and finished with 767 yards.
Green was out for parts of six games last year, but ended up getting to 1,041 yards.
Although Green's status as one of the league's elite current receivers has virtually never been in question, this only solidifies where he stands among the game's best. If there was ever any doubt about whether Green was an elite receiver, statistics like this one completely silence it.
Green didn't just get to five straight 1,000-yard seasons on his own, though. The fact that he started right away and affirmed himself as quarterback Andy Dalton's top target from Day 1 helped, too. With Green as his top target since 2011, the year they were both drafted in the first two rounds, Dalton has thrown for 3,000 yards for five straight seasons. Peyton Manning is the only other quarterback at this point to have begun his career with that many 3,000-yard seasons.
It's fitting that Dalton's milestone throw that put him over the 3,000-yard mark for this year came on a pass to Green. His well-placed, 57-yard, first-down deep ball in the first quarter to Green was the throw that solidified Dalton's own statistical accomplishment.