Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Clint Boling (65) during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Bengals' Youth Hopes to be Served



Jamison Hensley of ESPN did his All-AFC North team, showcasing the division’s best players in his opinion, and despite their 3-5 record, the Bengals had six selections, more than that of the division-leading Baltimore Ravens, and just two less than the Pittsburgh Steelers:


AFC North Midseason Team: Defense

Position Player Team
DE Michael Johnson Cincinnati Bengals
DT Haloti Ngata Baltimore Ravens
DT Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals
DE Brett Keisel Pittsburgh Steelers
OLB LaMarr Woodley Pittsburgh Steelers
ILB Lawrence Timmons Pittsburgh Steelers
OLB Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals
CB Joe Haden Cleveland Browns
SS T.J. Ward Cleveland Browns
FS Ryan Clark Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Sheldon Brown Cleveland Browns

AFC North Midseason Team: Offense

Position Player Team
QB Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
RB Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens
FB Vonta Leach Baltimore Ravens
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
WR Mike Wallace Pittsburgh Steelers
TE Heath Miller Pittsburgh Steelers
LT Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns
LG Clint Boling Cincinnati Bengals
C Alex Mack Cleveland Browns
RG Marshal Yanda Baltimore Ravens
RT Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC North Midseason Team: Specialists

Position Player Team
K Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens
P Kevin Huber Cincinnati Bengals
PR-KR Josh Cribbs Cleveland Browns


What makes this list even better if you’re a Bengals fan is the fact that all of their players have four years or less of NFL experience, a clear signal that the Bengals’ youth is developing and can hopefully pass the Steelers as they continue to age in the coming years.


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