Bengals' D-line blossoms into one of best

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Associated Press

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Michael Johnson towers over blockers at 6-foot-7. Geno Atkins gets dwarfed at 6-foot-1. Domata Peko is gregarious. Carlos Dunlap tends to cut off interviews after a few questions.

The Bengals' defensive line is an eclectic mix of players from much different backgrounds with very different personalities and body types. Together, they formed one of the NFL's best units this season, one of the main reasons Cincinnati is in the playoffs again.

The Bengals set a club record with 51 sacks this season, 40 of them coming from the line. Atkins led all interior NFL linemen with 12½, Johnson had 11½, and Dunlap had six.

It's one of the Texans' biggest concerns heading into their wild card playoff game on Saturday in Houston.

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