Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals: Five Questions

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Oct 12, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Will A.J. Green Be Healthy Enough to Play?

Let’s face it, this Bengals team is completely different without A.J. Green, who might just be the MVP of the entire team.  After winning their first three games and scoring a total of 80 points with Green, they have lost two of the last three and tied the third while scoring 54 points (with 37 coming in the tie alone).

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The Bengals are also without Marvin Jones, and are stretched using Mohammad Sanu as a number one receiver.  This has been a theme of Andy Dalton’s career – without Green, he falters and the offense becomes very one dimensional.  The Bengals will indeed be in big trouble if their star receiver can’t go on Sunday.

Marvin Lewis told the press on Monday that Green has “made a lot of progress” but stopped short of saying whether or not he had a shot at playing this week.  Green’s progress through the week is likely going to be the deciding factor.  For a team that managed a whopping 135 yards of total offense last week, his return is paramount.