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Oct 30, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Bengals defeated the Seahawks 34-12. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

DT Geno Atkins notched 2 sacks on Sunday, and was in the backfield almost as often as All-Pro back Maurice Jones-Drew was, as he was a big reason the Bengals d-line held Jones-Drew to just 38 yards on 13 carries (2.9 yards per attempt). His constant pressure on Blaine Gabbert prevented the Jaguars from ever taking advantage of the battered Bengals secondary that was down 3 of it’s top-5 corners. Atkins already accounted for 5 sacks, just 2.5 shy of his 2011 mark of 7.5 and is currently on pace to get 20 sacks this season. As Pro Football Focus noted on his performance vs. Jacksonville, he was the most dominant player on a Bengals defense that held , and the Jaguars as a whole to just 69 rushing yards, 212 total yards, and a mere 10 points.

Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) lines up across from Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox (21) during the first quarter at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

WR A.J. Green came into the year with arguable the highest expectations of any Bengals player, and he’s done nothing to disappoint. Against the Jaguars, Green caught six passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, and is now second in the NFL with 428 yards. He’s currently on pace for 108 receptions, 1,712 yards, 12 touchdowns and is averaging 15.9 yards per catch. He already has five catches over 20 yards and he has two for 40+ yards, and is already being regarded as one of the NFL’s elite receiving threats.

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