10 Bengals Who Should Make the Pro Bowl

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Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) celebrates against the Seattle Seahawks in overtime at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Seattle 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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7. Carlos Dunlap

Carlos Dunlap is perhaps one of the most underrated players in the NFL. Despite a tragic showing from Cincinnati’s D-line in 2014, Dunlap was a lone bright spot, tallying eight sacks, 17 quarterback hurries, nine stuffs and two forced fumbles. And in 2015, Dunlap has been even better.

Carlos Dunlap already has 24 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two pass deflections and three stuffs in only six games this season. He is the NFL leader in sacks, and he has been a dominant force on a game-by-game basis for Cincinnati. Dunlap has played like he’s the NFL’s best defensive end and will be a lock for the Pro Bowl if he can maintain his league lead in recorded sacks.

8. Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins has been just as dominant as Carlos Dunlap and has been a pleasant surprise after a down season in which he never looked fully recovered from a 2013 ACL injury.

Atkins has tallied 18 tackles, four sacks, 11 hurries, three stuffs and a forced fumble in just six games. The scary thing about Atkins’ play, however, is that his stats don’t even tell the whole story. Atkins has been a frequent disruption to opposing offensive lines, opening up lanes for his teammates to tally sacks of their own. Atkins’ ability to blow up plays is phenomenal, and his play has helped Cincinnati’s defensive line recover from the 2014 nightmare as if last season never happened.

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