Bengals beat writer Coley Harvey on the matchup between WR A.J. Green and Browns CB Joe Haden:
Haden might know Green better than any corner in the game because of their battles dating back to college, but I still like Green’s chances this week. Haden will probably restrict Green from going long, which means screens and slants are possibilities. I wouldn’t expect a 100-yard game from Green, but an eight-catch, 90-yard, one-touchdown line wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. Now that Green’s right toe is back to full health (it wasn’t in the first meeting), this should be the most intriguing matchup of the game.
Green has averaged just 4.0 catches for 27 yards (and zero touchdowns) in his last three meetings with Haden, but he racked up 11 catches for 286 yards and three touchdowns in his first three games against the Browns' shutdown corner. As Harvey noted, Green's toe wasn't up to snuff in the two teams' first meeting this season. Green is in the midst of one of the best stretches of his career, with 529 yards and three touchdowns in his last four games. Something has to give.