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AP All-Pro team: Geno anchors D-line

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on January 12, 2013 – 11:01 am

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If the Bengals were going to have one All-Pro, it would be defensive tackle Geno Atkins and that’s what happened Saturday when the Associated Press released its All-Pro team and Atkins grabbed 42 of the 50 votes. Atkins, who led the Bengals and all NFL defensive tackles with 12.5 sacks, was the only Bengal to make it in voting by the 50-member national panel.  Atkins joins wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham in the Cincinnati contingent headed to the Pro Bowl later this month.

The AP All-Pros via ProFootballTalk.com:

QB:  Peyton Manning, Broncos

RB:  Adrian Peterson, Vikings (unanimous); Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks

FB:  Vonta Leach, Ravens

WR:  Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears

TE:  Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

T:  Duane Brown, Texans; Ryan Clady, Broncos

G:  Jahri Evans, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers

C:  Max Unger, Seahawks

DE:  J.J. Watt, Texans (unanimous); Cameron Wake, Dolphins

DT:  Geno Atkins, Bengals; Vince Wilfork, Patriots

OLB:  Von Miller, Broncos; Aldon Smith, 49ers

ILB:  Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco

CB:  Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Charles Tillman, Bears

S:  Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Dashon Goldson, 49ers

P:  Andy Lee, 49ers

K:  Blair Walsh, Seahawks

KR:  Jacoby Jones, Ravens

Should any other Bengal be in the discussion on that list? Certainly you could talk about Green instead of Marshall and Kevin Huber at punter. Green made the second team with 16.5  votes, (6.5 behind Marshall in third place ) but Lee (24 votes) and New Orleans’s Thomas Morstead (18) finished 1-2. And if Brown and Clady are on the list then left tackle Andrew Whitworth has to be in the debate. One thing about the Texans and Broncos: Each team allowed the Bengals no sacks.


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