The Cincinnati Bengals have a core of younger players that could literally redefine a generation of Bengals football. They're not only young, but extremely productive and could be one of the best young teams in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders (via ESPN In$ider).
In Geno Atkins and A.J. Green, they have a one-two punch of Pro Bowlers that would be the envy of just about any team in the league. Carlos Dunlap just got a huge extension and is a credible young edge rusher. They upgraded their skill positions drastically by bringing in Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard to a unit that was already likely to get better with second-year improvements from Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.
There's every reason to believe that Kevin Zeitler and Trevor Robinson can be long-term fixtures on the offensive line. Vontaze Burfict was a big hit as an undrafted free agent, and between 2012 first-rounder Dre Kirkpatrick and 2012 third-round defensive tackles Devon Still and Brandon Thompson, there's a lot of draft value that hasn't even had a chance to break into the starting lineup yet.
Runs a chill down your back, doesn't it?
Now Football Outsiders ranked organizations based on their young talent. The Cincinnati Bengals ranked third behind the Seattle Seahawks (No. 1) and the San Francisco 49ers (No. 2). In the division, the Cleveland Browns were closer to Cincinnati at No. 12, followed by the Steelers (No. 20) and the Ravens (No. 26).