Atkins gets AFC defensive player of week

December, 27, 2012
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Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins was named AFC defensive player of the week for the first time in his career after recording two sacks in the 13-10 win at Pittsburgh.

This is the first time Atkins has received this honor this season, but he is the third Bengals defensive lineman to win defensive player of the week. He joins defensive ends Michael Johnson (Week 3) and Carlos Dunlap (Week 13).

The Bengals have now had a player win an AFC weekly or monthly award six times this season, which ties for the most in team history. It was achieved in the 1988 and 1989 seasons.

With Ray Rice being named the AFC player of the week, this also marks the second time that the AFC North has won the offensive and defensive player of the week awards in the same week. In Week 12, Rice was the offensive player of the week and Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was the defensive player of the week.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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