Bengals' Geno Atkins named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Source: Cincinnati Bengals
Source: Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Bengals DT Geno Atkins has been named this week's AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL.

Atkins, a third-year pro who was named Wednesday to his second straight Pro Bowl, had 2.0 sacks for 17 yards in the Bengals' playoff-clinching 13-10 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, extending his team-leading total for the season to 12.5.

He led a defensive line which provided consistent pressure on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who completed just 50 percent of his passes and was intercepted twice. In addition to the sacks, Atkins led the defensive line with eight total tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble against the Steelers.

Atkins leads all NFL interior linemen in sacks by a margin of 4.5. He has set a new Bengals record for sacks by an interior lineman, topping the mark of DT Dan Wilkinson, who had 8.0 in 1996.

In addition, Atkins leads the Bengals in QB pressures (35) and tackles-for-loss (13), and he ranks tied for first in forced fumbles (four) after getting one at Pittsburgh. He also has two passes defensed, and he is third on the line in tackles for the season (64).

Overall, the Bengals this season have captured six of the league's weekly or monthly AFC awards, which ties for the most in franchise history, also achieved in both the 1988 and '89 seasons. It is the third defensive honor this season, with both of the previous awards also going to Bengals defensive linemen.

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