By Matt Hammond, Sports Radio 610By Matt Hammond

A.J. Green thinks the quarterback that beat the Houston Texans on Sunday is one of the NFL’s best.

If not the best.

After the Texans 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Green said despite the up-and-down nature of Andy Dalton’s performance, if the players around him give him support, he’s as good as anybody.

“If we keep him clean, he’s the best out there,” Green said.

Dalton, a Katy, Texas native, looked good on Sunday, getting 233 yards on 24 of 35 passing with a touchdown and an interception.

It was an interesting superlative from a player worthy of one himself. Green had a career-high 12 catches for 121 yards.

For a Texans team in the thick of a playoff hunt and with little room for error, it was a loss they could ill-afford to take, especially against a quarterback that, whatever anyone thinks of him, simply isn’t Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers.

Dalton, 27, had his second strong game in a row after a forgettable performance on a nationally-televised Thursday night loss to the Cleveland Browns, for which he was roundly criticized.

“It’s the nature of being a quarterback, man,” Green said. “They take too (much) criticism. The game we had, it was a collective effort that we didn’t play well.”

Dalton may take too much criticism, but Green is more than making up for it by giving him this healthy heaping of praise — arguably too much.

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