No defensive tackle is having a better season than the Bengals’ Geno Atkins, and one could argue he should be receiving consideration for Defensive Player of the Year. The former Georgia Bulldog has accounted for 7 sacks, 37 quarterback pressures, and 26 stops(solo tackles made that constitute an offensive failure).
NFL.com conducted a ranking of the 40 best NFL pass-rushers, and divided them into 7 tiers. coming in at #10 in the “Next Level” tier was none other than big Geno himself. Joining him in the “Deserves more Attention” tier were defensive ends Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap.
The impact Atkins had had on the Bengals defense can be called nothing short of an MVP performance, and his name needs to be mentioned more in the same breath as other NFL elites like Houston’s J.J. Watt, the Packers’ Clay Matthews, or the Cowboys’ Demarcus Ware are.