Last week, we took a look at the Bengals closing in on offensive milestones. Now, it's time for a look at which defensive players are closing in on significant records as the 2015 season rolls on.
*The rise of defensive end Carlos Dunlap now has him in position to finish his Bengals career as the franchise's all-time sacks leader. In his sixth NFL season, Dunlap has 6.5 sacks through six games after never reaching double-digit sacks in his first five years. At his current pace, Dunlap will finish this season with 19 sacks, 3.5 shy of Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22.5 in a single season.
*The Bengals' single-season sack leader** is defensive end Eddie Edwards who had 13 in 1983. Dunlap is on pace to break that by Week 12 at home vs the Rams.
*Though Dunlap doesn't have a forced fumble this season, he still is third on the Bengals' all-time forced fumbles list with 10. He's one behind James Francis and three behind Brian Simmons for the top spot.
*Another pass-rusher climbing the sacks list is defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who has four this season. He now ranks fifth in Bengals' history with 36 career sacks after passing James Francis and Tim Krumrie on the all-time sack leaders ranking earlier this season.
*Atkins is also now the all-time Bengals leader in sacks by an interior defensive lineman after passing Krumrie's mark of 34.5 in Week 4 against the Chiefs. He's also fifth on the franchise list in forced fumbles with eight in his career.
*Cornerback Leon Hall is fifth in franchise history with 24 career interceptions. After getting 18 through his first four season, Hall has just six since the 2011 season and none this season. He needs one more to tie Lemar Parrish for fourth on the all-time list. Seven more will tie him with David Fulcher for third on the list.
*Hall currently ranks first in franchise history with 106 career pass deflections, 30 ahead of Jonathan Joseph, who's in second place.
**The NFL did not begin recording sacks as an official statistic until 1982. However, the Bengals do list Coy Bacon as the team's all-time sacks leader with 22 set in 1976.