Six Bengals on ESPN's All-AFC North Team

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The Cincinnati Bengals had the third-most players awarded in ESPN's All-AFC North team. Make sense? Should have been more? Then who?

The Cincinnati Bengals had five players make ESPN's All-AFC North team, with A.J. Green and Andrew Whitworth on offense and Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson and Vontaze Burfict on defense.

Joining Green at wide receiver were Josh Gordon (87 receptions, 1,646 yards, nine touchdowns) and Antonio Brown (110 receptions, 1,499 yards, eight touchdowns) so that makes sense.

We don't quiet understand Cleveland's Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle, who gave up 11 quarterback sacks, 35 pressures and 19 quarterback hits (most among all starting offensive tackles (plus a negative run blocking score). Comparatively speaking, Smith allowed six sacks, 27 hurries and two (TWO!) hits on the quarterback.

But whatever, these lists are meant to generate...

Wait, the Browns are tied with the most players in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens? Of the 25 total players, the Ravens and Browns each had seven players, the Bengals had six and the Steelers with only five. In one respect, for Cincinnati at least, there hasn't been a whole lot of domination from a single player -- a lot has of this season has been a collective effort with players replacing injured core guys.

On the other hand, the Browns have more Pro Bowl players and more on this ESPN list. Maybe I should't be pulled into these so much. Must. Resist.

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