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Showing His Stripes: Geno Atkins A Force With The Bengals
- Updated: January 16, 2013
With all the hype on J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith this year, many overlooked some of the best defensive pass rushers in the NFL, one of which happens to be Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals. The 24-year-old defensive tackle had 53 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles this past season, and was a huge reason along with the entire Mike Zimmer-led defense, why the Bengals made the playoffs.
Not only was Atkins tied for sixth in the league among sacks, he was the only defensive tackle to crack the top 10 in that category (troubled Ndamukong Suh was second for DTs with 8 sacks) While the stats are nice, Atkins’ track record speaks for itself, he has improved every year in a very loud way.
Atkins is a force on the defensive line and working alongside Domata Peko, Carlos Dunlap, and Michael Johnson the Bengals might have the most underrated defensive line in the NFL. While Andy Dalton and AJ Green get the (much deserved) headlines, the cliché will always be known as defense wins championships, and as long as Mike Zimmer has Geno Atkins and Co the Bengals are a playoff team to reckon with.
As for Geno Atkins’ 2013 season? There’s no doubt it will be yet again, another improving, meaningful, and forceful season for the 6’1″ 300-pound playmaker. Many teams need a Geno Atkins, but only one can have him, and it’s the Cincinnati Bengals. Both sides, wouldn’t have it any other way. Not to mention, Atkins hasn’t missed a game since entering the league in 2010, and with good health and production, his career may land him as one of the best defensive players in the league, and the most beloved Bengal for all the striped fans.