By Matt Hammond, Sports Radio 610By Matt Hammond


A.J. Green saw the same thing fans did.

In their 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Houston Texans defense didn’t play press coverage against him all day.

“They didn’t press at all,” Green said.

“Last week, they pressed a lot. This week, I didn’t have any press.”

Probably not the worst strategy against one of the league’s best wide receivers, if not offensive weapons. Green, 26, had a career-high 12 receptions for 121 yards, his second straight 120-yard receiving performance.

But it definitely represents a change in strategy. As Green noted, the Texans were much more in-your-face in last week’s win against the albeit lesser wideouts of the Cleveland Browns.

Still, Houston has been bowled over all season by their opponents receiving top targets. Entering this week, Houston had allowed an average of 10.2 passes and 94.4 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers, according to Football Outsiders, third-most in the NFL.

Cornerback A.J. Bouye struggled most against Green, and though Johnathan Joseph had a pick-six, was largely unable to stop the 6-foot-4, 210-pound terror. Kareem Jackson missed his second straight game with an MCL sprain.

Surprisingly, the best job done on Green in the game was probably that of cornerback Darryl Morris, a 2014 waiver wire pickup playing just his fourth game this season and first since Week 4.

With Green going off on the Texans, who’d allowed big days to Dez Bryant, Jeremy Maclin, T.Y. Hilton, Antonio Brown and Victor Cruz already, there becomes a clear and problematic trend: let a top wideout have a big game, and lose.

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