Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/10/12
The duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green has become a centerpiece of the new, young and hungry offense in Cincinnati. Although they lost in the playoffs to the Texans, who featured a rookie quarterback, the Bengals reenergized their fans and inspired them to believe there is hope for years to come. Coming out of the University of Georgia, Green was a highly scouted player with significant talent that made him the most NFL-ready wide receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft. His numbers during the 2011 season were beyond expectations: 65 catches, 1,057 yards and seven scores.

“Red Baron” Dalton turned in a commendable 20:13 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions while racking up 3,398 yards in his rookie season. Dalton and Green will need to conjure even better stats as they target the punishing AFC North Division. Looming there are the powerhouse Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

This phenomenal rookie QB-WR duo made the 2011- 2012 Pro Bowl, the first such tandem to do so in NFL history. With the season under way in six months, A.J. and Andy will have to stay in sync. Their savvy collaboration will be very difficult for defenses to stop, because when these two are on top of their game, it’s a scary show in Bengal Land.

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