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Tyler Eifert leads the way for Bengals who deserve Pro Bowl consideration.

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With the Bengals sitting at 8-0, there are plenty of players who've helped contribute to that record.

While the Pro Bowl isn't what it used to be, it's still a high honor to be selected to the game, especially when it comes as an outright selection as opposed to getting in as an alternate. Here's an updated look at the Bengals who deserve to be voted into the NFL's annual All-Star game.

TE Tyler Eifert
There may not be a bigger breakout player in the NFL this year than Bengals tight end, Tyler Eifert.  After scoring three times against the Browns in Week 9, Eifert is now tied with former Bengal Bob Trumpy for the most touchdown catches by a tight end in a single season. Trumpy set the record in 1969 with nine touchdowns in 14 games, and Eifert how has that many through eight games.

Eifert is also on pace for 74 catches and 868 yards this season, which would break Dan Ross' single-season marks of 70 catches and 910 yards by a tight end. The most impressive part of Eifert's hot start is that he leads the NFL in touchdown grabs by two scores going into Week 10.

He is simply one of the game's best tight ends right now, and denying him a spot in the Pro Bowl would be a huge injustice.

QB Andy Dalton
The red rifle continues to play red-hot through the first half of this season, and he's a big reason why the Bengals have yet to suffer a loss. Dalton is not only playing the best football of his career, but is doing so at a level many quarterbacks never reach over an eight-game stretch.

Through eight games, Dalton is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 2,226 yards with 18 touchdowns vs just four interceptions. He also has a total QBR of 77.6, good for first in the AFC and second best of any NFL quarterback while being just 7.2 points behind Carson Palmer for first place.

If all of that doesn't get you in the Pro Bowl, I don't know what does. As long as Dalton keeps up his current pace, he'll be voted into the game as he currently has the third most votes.

LT Andrew Whitworth
The Bengals have allowed the fourth-fewest sacks and are ranked ninth in total offense heading into Week 10. A big reason for that is Andrew Whitworth locking down the blind side. Whitworth has yet to give up a sack this season and hasn't allowed one since the Wild Card loss to the Chargers during the 2013 playoffs.

He's still one of the game's best left tackles and deserves to finally get that recognition with the help of a Pro Bowl berth on the initial vote. Whitworth has never been voted into the game outright, but did make it in 2012 as an alternate. It's ridiculous Whitworth hasn't made a Pro Bowl other than that, and he deserves to be voted in as much as any other Bengals player.

WR A.J. Green
Making the Pro Bowl is hard for receivers as there are so many good ones in today's NFL. Making matters harder for A.J. Green is he's now part of an offense that doesn't need him to be the featured weapon every week. That's led to a dip in his numbers through the first eight games while the Bengals have kept on winning.

Green currently ranks 11th in receiving yards, 11th in catches, is tied for 18th in touchdown catches, and is 32nd in average yards per catch. He's still firmly in the running for a spot and would probably get in just based on name recognition and knowing what he's capable of. That said, he's going to have to do a little more over the second half of the season to lock up his spot.

DT Geno Atkins
The Bengals' defense is back to being one that teams across the league fear, and the biggest reason why is Geno Atkins. Atkins is once again back to being the best pass-rushing interior lineman in football and a guy that puts fear in any quarterback he faces.

Through eight games, Atkins is PFF's 10th-ranked interior defensive lineman and sixth-best pass-rushing interior lineman. He's notched six sacks this season, good for the eighth-most by any player and is on pace to finish with 12. He's one of the best defensive players in the NFL and deserves to be in the Pro Bowl.

DE Carlos Dunlap
While Geno Atkins has been great, Carlos Dunlap has been almost as good while rushing the passer from his defensive end spot. Dunlap is up to 8.5 sacks through eight games, which is tied with Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt and Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones for the most of any NFL player.

Dunlap's current pace would leave him with 17 sacks through 16 games, which would be a Bengals franchise record. At his current pace, there's no reason Dunlap shouldn't be playing in the Pro Bowl.

CB Adam Jones
You typically don't see NFL players on defense playing their best football after they turn 30, but that's been the case with Adam Jones. After being a good special-teams returner and an average defensive back for much of his career, Jones has dedicated himself to becoming the best defender he can possibly be since coming to Cincinnati, and he's reached his peak at age 32.

Jones has held just about every receiver in check that he's gone against this season, often forcing quarterbacks to go to their second or third option. At that point, it makes it easier for the defensive line to rack up their 23 sacks, tied for the fifth most of any team. Jones also has  two interceptions, has forced a fumble and has notched 42 tackles, the second most of any Bengal.

PFF rank Jones as their third-best cornerback and even has him on their Midseason All-Pro Team. He absolutely needs to be playing in the Pro Bowl if he keeps playing like this.

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