Week in Review: All-Time Tops 5 Bengals: Defensive Tackles

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Here is another installment of the All-Time Top 5. You’ve seen the criteria on the others, so I won’t go over all of that again. Feel free to provide feedback, good or bad. If you disagree with the rankings, let me know and why.


Sep 1, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) attempts to block a pass from the Indianapolis Colts quarterback Kerry Collins (5) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


Just Missed

Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals, 2010-Present

Geno is still very young and just getting started in his career. He led all NFL interior defensive linemen last year in sacks as well as earning a spot in the Pro Bowl. He is a beast who has a knack for getting to the QB. Even if he doesn’t get the sack, he disrupts the game. He gets a lot of pressures and rushes which is big in helping the defense. If he spends his career in stripes and stays healthy, the sky is the limit for Geno. He could very easily top this list if he continues his production.

By the Numbers: 2 seasons, 32 games, 10.5 sacks, 66 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered, 1 touchdown

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