As Election Day 2012 winds down, the writers at Pro Football Weekly did their balloting for their Midseason All-Pro team, and making the list was a pair of Bengals. At receiver, it was no surprise to see A.J. Green make the squad as he continues to establish himself as the best receiver in the NFL:
This second-year receiver might be the best in the league right now. Green is the primary target of all opposing defenses, and yet he still is putting up tremendous production, as he is on pace for 102 catches, 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has the size, hands and route-running ability to do it all, and has scored at least one touchdown in seven consecutive games.
And on the defensive side, defensive tackle Geno Atkins was the Bengals’ lone defensive representative:
Atkins is the best player on a defensive line that is one of the Bengals’ biggest strengths, a terror as an interior pass rusher. He’s very quick and incredibly skilled, creating all sorts of problems for heavy guards and centers. The numbers aren’t identical, but Atkins is every bit as good rushing from the inside as Watt.