Atkins, Whitworth Named to All-Pro First Team

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Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Geno Atkins and Andrew Whitworth are on the 2015 All-Pro first team. This is Atkins’ second time as an All-Pro and Whitworth’s first.

Geno Atkins is now a two-time All-Pro. His first selection came after a historically dominant 2012 season in which the defensive tackle tallied 54 tackles and 12.5 sacks. This year, the big man racked up 42 tackles and 11 sacks in a very comparable season. It’s fair to say that he’s back to form and could be a sneaky Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

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Andrew Whitworth

is sneakily the best left tackle in football. While

Joe Thomas

also received recognition on the All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams, “Big Whit” is the consensus top performer among football experts.

These two players have definitely earned their due, and while it’s fair to say that teammates like A.J. Green and Reggie Nelson deserve some recognition, as well, Bengals fans will be very happy to see two of their favorite players receiving one of the highest individual honors in football.

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Now, it’s on to Pittsburgh, as the Bengals look to take down their division rivals in Paul Brown Stadium tomorrow night. Atkins and Whitworth will be two of the most important players to watch in the Wild Card showdown. Atkins, a disruptor on the defensive line, will be responsible for getting after the quarterback, locking down on the run game and allowing his teammates to make plays. Whitworth will protect his quarterback’s blind side against a stingy Pittsburgh pass rush. Steelers guard David DeCastro, a fellow All-Pro, will be another guy to watch.

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