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Third-year defensive tackle Geno Atkins is the A.J. Green of the Bengals' defense.
Atkins brings a real fire to the defensive front, and judging by his performance thus far, he has his sights set on a return to the Pro Bowl in 2012.
He made the Pro Bowl in 2011 with 7.5 sacks. Fast forward to 2012 and Atkins has seven sacks through seven games.
He started fast with two sacks of QB Joe Flacco in Baltimore, and followed it with another two-sack game in Jacksonville in week 4.
He's on pace to break all of his stats from a year ago, besides assists and forced fumbles, and he's sixth out of all defensive lineman in terms of fantasy points.
The Bengals' defensive line created a name for themselves in 2009 under Mike Zimmer. Since then they have faded a little, but players such as Atkins are contributing to a revival of sorts.
Atkins is a constant source of pressure, and it may be a cliche to say it but he really brings out the best in his teammates.
He flew under the radar in 2011, but as was shown with his top billing on Sunday Night Football, he is fast-becoming a star.