Thursday, November 8, 2012
A.J. Green sees 'holes' in Giants defense
By Jamison Hensley
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green provided some bulletin board material for the Giants today. “I feel like they’ve got a lot of holes in their defense,” Green told WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Thursday.
If Green sees some weak spots, that likely means trouble for a Giants pass defense that ranks 26th in the NFL. Few teams have been able to quiet Green and fewer have been able to keep him out of the end zone.
Since failing to score in the season opener at Baltimore, Green has produced a touchdown in seven straight games. If he scores a touchdown against New York, he would tie T.J. Houshmandzadeh (2007) for the league's third-longest streak with a receiving touchdown over the past 10 seasons. The longest streak over the past decade belongs to Randy Moss, who caught a touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games in 2003-04, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Green did show a lot of respect for the Giants' defensive line.
“Their front four, they get so much pressure on the quarterback,” he said. “A lot of people don’t have that much time to get the big plays on them. We just have to be solid up front and then we’ll see what happens."
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Green has become the top threat on the outside this season, leading the NFL in receptions (35) and touchdowns (six) on throws outside the painted numbers. Green already has more touchdowns this season than all of last season (four) on such throws.