Despite loss, A.J. Green still on MVP Watch

As ESPN.com's Dan Graziano pointed out in the first installment of his "MVP Watch" blog which went live earlier Wednesday afternoon, for a player to even be a consideration for the league's Most Valuable Player honors, he has to play on a team that has value of its own.

For teams, no measure of value is greater than tracking wins and losses.

After one week, the Cincinnati Bengals have more of the latter than the former. But they aren't alone. The rest of the AFC North does, too.

Stacked losses or not, Graziano believed the division needed a representative on his "MVP Watch" blog, so he went out and named him one.

Enter, Mr. Adriel Jeremiah Green.

He came in at No. 8 on Graziano's watch list.

Last weekend at Chicago, Green burst on the Week 1 scene with a nine-catch, 162-yard, two-touchdown performance that should have been enough to help the Bengals to a win. Of course, "should have" is the operative term there. Late-game substitution issues, a curious play call or two, an unsportsmanlike penalty, a personal foul penalty and trio of turnovers, one which was a result of Green bobbling a well-thrown pass, combined to snatch a certain win from the Bengals' grasp.

Even still, despite the defeat, Green had the type of day from a purely statistical standpoint that made fantasy owners giddy and those considering MVP awards take pause.

It doesn't hurt Green's case that for the first two years of his career, he's played on teams that saw postseason action. This year's group may be even better than the last two, as football experts and analysts have declared Cincinnati a possible Super Bowl contender. That certainly would make the Bengals a team of value. So, if the playoffs are used as an MVP metric, Green has a very strong chance of not only being included in the MVP discussion, but he has a real chance of winning.

All he has to do is keep catching nine passes for more than 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns every week.

Here's what Graziano had to say about Green's placement on his list:

Do you realize that Green and Andy Dalton only know the Bengals as a playoff team? Seriously, while the casual football fan still hears Bengals and thinks they've never been good without Boomer Esiason, the only two Bengals teams on which Green and Dalton have played have gone to the playoffs. If they were arrogant head coaches, they'd call that "culture change." But Green can't hear you. He's busy catching everything, everywhere, all the time.