Week 3: Breaking Down the Bengals

Week 3: Breaking Down the Bengals

On offense all eyes are on elite WR A.J. Green, and on defense Cincinnati boasts a dangerous defensive line
(WFRV-TV) - Three big things to watch in the Packers week 3 match-up with the Bengals: WR A.J. Green, TE duo of Jermaine Gresham and rookie Tyler Eifert, and Cincinnati's devastating defensive line.

A.J. Green: The 6'4", 207 pound 3rd year wide receiver from Georgia is a former 4th overall pick in the NFL draft and has compiled 162 catches, 2,610 yards, and 20 touchdowns in just over two seasons so far.  So what does he do best?

"He do everything best," says Packers CB Tramon Williams.  "He's a good receiver.  You obviously have to have a lot of eyes on him at any point in the game.  Any time you play against a guy like that it's a total team effort."


"He's up there," when asked if Green belongs on the same tier as Detroit's Calvin Johnson.  "He's an elite guy that can catch the ball, he can run, he can run routes, and he can do everything Calvin Johnson can do.

It won't be easy stopping him when he's on the field with perhaps they best tight end duo in the league including former pro bowler Jermaine Gresham and rookie 1st round pick Tyler Eifert.

"You just have to understand that they are viable pass threats as well as doing a great job in the running game," says Packers OLB Clay Matthews.  "We'll definitely have our hands full as outside linebackers, but as a defense as well they are receivers and athletes you have to keep an eye on."

On defense it all starts up front for the Bengals with the defensive line.  The unit is led by by tackle Geno Atkins who posted an impressive 12 1/2 sacks in 2012.

"There definitely a good group," says Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith.  "I mean statistics show last year I think they accounted for something like 95% of their team's sacks so they know how to get after it up front.  It's a challenge for us, we have to take pride in it this week and make sure we show up on Sunday."

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