Drawing The Line

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Jan 29, 2012; Honolulu, HI, USA; NFC quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (12) is tackled by AFC tackle Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals (97) and AFC defensive end Elvis Dumervil of the Denver Broncos (92) during the 2012 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE



The Bengals play in the toughest division in football. The AFC North plays a very distinct smash mouth style of football. In a pass happy league, the AFCN still focuses on defense; hard hitting, bone rattling, trash talking, smack you in the face defense. AFCN games are won and lost a yard at a time. Their games are decided on the lines.

The Bengals defensive is line is taking shape to be one of the best in the division. The offensive line is getting high praise, but the defensive line is just as good and might be better. Geno Atkins blew up last season. He led all NFL interior defensive linemen in sacks and earned himself a spot in the Pro Bowl. Atkins has the ability to play all 3 downs or be a pass rush specialist. He is versatile and a superstar in the making. As he continues to grow, he will be the best defensive tackle, not only in the AFCN, but the NFL.

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  • suenronfl

    Joe you got great detail description,  full of details.  Love it, keep up with the good articles.  I will read them all.  Now, got to see if I can get to this Twitter thing.  

  • jason388

    Joe is the man. The site has gotten a lot more hits since he’s joined. People love his insight :)

  • TheCardAlbumDotCom

    Very well written. It’s nice to find fan articles that are structured well and have substance. I’ll be checking back from time to time to read more writings from Joe.

  • webeougher

    What article are you guys reading?
    No statistics to back up his claims, pure homeristic nonsense, and plenty of spelling/grammar errors to boot.
    Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of the article and I don’t necessarily disagree with it, but what does “he does the dirty work” (referring to Geathers) even mean? That he doesn’t get a lot of tackles or sacks, but he’s out there on the field? Not exactly inspiring.
    Also, saying Still and Thompson helped to immediately upgrade the line when neither has played a single down of NFL football is a ridiculous claim with no basis in fact. I’m a Penn State alumni and Bengals fan, so I’m well aware of Still CAN do, but until he actually starts doing it, let’s keep things grounded in reality, okay?
    This is as bad as Steelers fans saying every year that they’re going to win the Super Bowl, in spite of their aging defense and a quarterback who makes too many bad decisions.

  • suenronfl

    I don’t know you from Adam, please, keep all your journalistic nonsense to ones that really care.  We love the Bengals and I love Joe, get out of my life.  When I want remarks from perfected Phd in journalism, I will ask for it.