Poll: Division's top offensive player

The AFC North isn't known for explosive offenses, but this year was below the division's traditional standards. The highest-ranked offense is the Ravens and they're 15th.

This could make it difficult to select the top offensive player in the AFC North this year. Here are the top candidates:

A.J. Green, Bengals wide receiver: He ranks fifth in the NFL with 1,324 yards and has 95 catches, which is 24 more than any other player in the division. Green also scored a touchdown in nine straight games.

Ray Rice, Ravens running back: Rice is sixth in the NFL with 107.7 total yards per game and is first in the AFC North with 1,138 yards. His 10 touchdowns are tied for sixth among NFL running backs.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers quarterback: Before the rib and shoulder injury, Roethlisberger put up MVP-type numbers, completing 66 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. He still ranks eighth in the NFL with a 95.5 passer rating. His 261 yards passing per game is tops in the division.

Joe Thomas, Browns offensive tackle: Few offensive linemen get recognized for being the top offensive player, but few linemen are as dominant as Thomas. He has allowed just three sacks all season and only three quarterback hits. Last Sunday ended a streak of seven straight games that he had given up a quarterback hurry.

After making your vote, give me your best argument for that player by sending me a note to my mailbag. Your comment could be used in a blog later this week.