The Kansas City Chiefs' defensive backs will have a big chore ahead of them this Sunday: shut down one of the league's best wide receivers in A.J. Green. Green has amassed 58 catches for 820 yards and hit pay dirt nine times a little over half way through the season so far.
The onus will fall on cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Javier Arenas to cover the big wide receiver out of Georgia. But at just 69 inches tall, compared to Green's 76 inch height, Flowers and Arenas give up over half of a foot to Green, and that will make the task of bottling up the receiver even harder.
Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel sat down with Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star and said there are sacrifices the team will have to make when it comes to covering Green:
You just understand that you have to concede some things to a big, fast receiver like that and the thing that you don't want him to do is, you don't want him to run past you and give up touchdowns. Make him catch the ball in front of you so that help can rally to him and make the tackle before he can run for a touchdown.
The Chiefs are coming off a disappointing overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. Sitting at 1-8 on the season, a win over the Bengals is necessary to keep any semblance of a playoff hope alive in Kansas City.