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Rookie Green emerges as Bengals top receiver; Pro Bowl bound

 

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A.J. Green (courtesy of Georgia athletics)

Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver A. J. Green is one of the reasons the team’s offense is dangerous and explosive.

The 2011 NFL first round draft pick has been rewarded for his stellar play by being named to the AFC All-Star team for the Pro Bowl, which pits the AFC against the NFC on January 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Green, who leads all NFL rookies in receptions with 65 and receiving yards 1,057 this season, is the first Bengals rookie selected to the Pro Bowl since WR Cris Collinsworth in the 1981 season.

In addition to Green, a number of Cincinnati players have been named as alternates for this year’s Pro Bowl, including first alternates: DT Geno Atkins, QB Andy Dalton and K Mike Nugent.

The AFC/NFC All-Star teams are based on the concensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts as one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters that represent the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals and NFL news

Bengals shock Browns in season opener, 27-17

 

A.J. Green (U of Georgia photo)

Rookie wide receiver A.J. Green caught Cleveland’s secondary napping to score his first career catch, a 41-yard touchdown from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski as the Cincinnati Bengals spoiled a sloppy debut by Cleveland under new head coach Pat Shurmur.

The Bengals won 27-17.

Gradkowski, who played for the Browns in 2008, came on in relief of injured rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, called for a quick snap as the Browns were still trying to figure out the Bengals offensive alignment, lobbed the ball to Green, who scored with 4:31 to go in the game and shocked the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland Stadium.

The Browns fell to 1-12 in season openers since their return to the NFL in 1999.

Another bright spot was Bengals running back Cedric Benson, who rushed for 121 yards and cemented the game with a 39-yard run down the right sideline for a TD with 1:49 to play.

Dalton, the Bengals rookie QB, looked good in the team’s first three drives. The second-round pick from TCU, took advantage of good field position to help the team to a 13-0 lead; two Mike Nugent field goals of 24 and 47 yards and a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham.

But the Browns came alive in the second quarter after a long Joshua Cribbs kickoff return.

Cleveland QB Colt McCoy threw a 34-yard TD pass to tight end Benjamin Watson halfway through the second quarter for their first score.

McCoy then threw a 56-yard completion to Mohammed Massaquoi, the longest pass of his career, set up a 2-yard TD to tight end Evan Moore, three plays later and the Browns led 14-13.

McCoy, is the Browns’ eighth different opening-game QB in the last nine seasons.

The Browns led 14-13 at the half despite shooting itself in the foot with 10 penalties for 67 yards. While the Bengals were concered about their rookie QB Dalton, who had his right wrist injured in the second quarter. Although X-rays did not show anything severe at halftime, the Bengals coaching staff turned to the veteran Gradkowski, who had looked very capable as a backup during the preseason.

Dalton looked very poised and under control in his NFL debut. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 81 yards for a TD and a quarterback rating of 102.4.

During the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis became the longest tenured coach in team history when he began his ninth season with the team. He passed owner and founder Paul Brown (1969-75) and Sam Wyche (1984-91). He will soon become the winningest coach in franchise history.

The Bengals played the game without starting offensive guard Bobbie Williams, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy against using performance enhancing substances.

Info compiled from Radio, TV, NFL, Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns news

Benson’s 150 rushing yards helps Bengals end losing skid

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Cedric Benson (file photo)

The Cincinnati Bengals 10-game losing streak started with a 23-20 loss in Cleveland on October 3. The streak matched the 1993 team for the longest losing streak in one season.

It was ironic that the streak ended on Sunday against the same team, the Cleveland Browns. The Browns in October were not a very good team but the team has improved over the season and was favored to beat Cincinnati because most media observers said all week that the Browns running back Peyton Hillis would be unstoppable.

As it turned out, the Bengals running back Cedric Benson was the one who was unstoppable. It was like odd times, as Benson ran past, around, over and through the Cleveland defense for 150 yards on 31 carries, scoring a touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals beat their Ohio rivals, 19-17 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

With the loss, the Browns secured their 10th losing record in 12 years since they returned as an expansion team.

The Bengals rookie placekicker Clint Stitser looked good again, as he kicked four field goals of 25, 39, 34 and 20 yards. He is seven-for-seven on field goal tries since the Bengals signed him to replace Mike Nugent who was lost with a season-ending injury.

The Browns scored a touchdown on their opening drive on a trick play. The very creative trick play put only three lineman on the line of scrimmage while the other players lined up around the sidelines. Tight end Robert Royal outran the coverage down the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown catch.

The game had a downside, as Bengals receiver Terrell Owens hobbled off the field with a knee injury and is lost for the season.

compiled from staff, NFL & Cincinnati Bengals news

Bengals waive erratic Pettrey; sign Stitser

After losing former Ohio State product Mike Nugent to a season-ending knee injury in the Indianapolis game, the Cincinnati Bengals are still trying to find a kicker to replace him.

They brought in Aaron Pettrey, another Ohio State kicker and he struggled. Pettrey was 2 for 4 on field goal attempts in two games. He missed a 27-yard attempt in a 26-10 loss at the New York Jets on Thanksgiving night.

Aaron Pettrey (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Clint Stitser (Fresno State photo)

Cincinnati has signed another rookie Clint Stitser after waiving Pettrey.

Stitser, from Fresno State University, has kicked for the New York Jets and Seattle as an undrafted free agent.

compiled from staff, NFL & Cincinnati Bengals news

Aaron Pettrey replaces injured Mike Nugent as Bengals kicker

The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey after a tryout last week to replace Mike Nugent.

Kicker Aaron Pettrey (courtesy of OSU Athletic Communications)

Nugent has been lost for the season after suffering a torn knee ligament in the loss at Indianapolis.

Pettrey was kicking for the Carolina Panthers in April as a college free agent,was waived. Then he played in one exhibition game with Detroit.

In Sunday’s 49-31 loss to Buffalo, Pettrey was 4-for-4 on extra point tries and 1-for-2 on field goal tries.

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