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A.J. Green's Career-Best Single-Season Totals Under Seige

The Pro Bowl WR can't exceed all of his career bests because quantitative totals mutually exclude advancement in qualitative totals.

A.J. Green needs a huge receiving game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens' porous pass defense to surpass all of the single-season highs in his career, but some personal standards could be in reach with merely a great outing.

Green this season has 82 receptions for 1,263 yards, a 15.4-yard average, with nine touchdowns.

His career highs are 98 receptions, 1,426 yards and 11 touchdowns, all set in 2013. He also scored 11 touchdowns in 2012. His career high for yards per catch is 16.26, set his rookie season.

He can't break them all because his quantitative totals mutually exclude advancement in qualitative totals, but he can break some without benefit of an all-time effort Sunday.

Green needs 17 receptions, 164 yards and three touchdowns to reach career highs. If he did exactly that Sunday -- which, of course, is highly doubtful -- he would finish the season with 14.4 yards per catch, well below his career mark.

Green can set a career-high yards-per-catch total in the following scenarios against the Ravens: 1 catch for at least 89 yards, 2 catches for at least 104 yards, three catches for at least 120 yards, four catches for at least 136, and 5 for at least 152.

He can set career highs Sunday in all but receptions with six catches for at least 169 yards and three TDs. That would give Green 88 receptions for at least 1,432 yards, for a 16.27 average, and 12 TDs, leaving him 10 catches short of equaling his career high.

Chad Johnson’s team single-season yardage record is 1,440, set in 2007. Green is on pace to fall short with 1,347 in part because a back strain suffered in practice the day before the Bengals played San Francisco limited him to nearly half the Bengals' plays against the 49ers. He was held to one catch for 37 yards, which helped his average, but put a cap on his totals, as the team basically played him one half in a blowout contest at San Francisco.

In case you were interested in what it would take to set across-the-board, career-high single-season totals Sunday, Green would need 17 catches for 348 yards and three TDs.

In a more realistic scenario, Green needs 178 yards to break Johnson's Bengals single-season record. He had 227 yards the first game against Baltimore back in September. That ranks second in team history, behind Johnson’s 260 against San Diego in 2006.

With 411 career grabs, Green needs 16 to break Larry Fitzgerald's NFL record for the most receptions by a player in his first five seasons (426), another long shot due to the back injury and precautionary rest.

The Bengals in September signed Green to a contract extension, running through the 2019 season. He previously had been under contract through the current season. He was recently selected for his fifth straight Pro Bowl appearance.


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