When the 2015 NFL regular season opens, Geno Atkins will be in prime position to move up the franchise's all-time sack leaders list.
As of now, Atkins ranks eighth in Bengals' history with 32 career sacks, one behind James Francis for seventh place. Robert Geathers comes in at sixth with 34 career sacks, but the real achievement will be if and when Atkins passes Tim Krumrie on the all-time sack leaders ranking.
One of the greatest defenders to ever don Bengals stripes, Krumrie ranks fifth in franchise history with 34.5 sacks. Atkins needs just three sacks to pass him and take fifth place on the all-time sack list.
That's right. In one game, (alright, we're being optimistic) Atkins could possibly go from eighth to fifth place with just three sacks. Even as good as Atkins has been in the past, his career high for a single game is two sacks. He's reached that feat three times.
Still, don't be shocked if Atkins gets three sacks in Week 1. He'll be faced up against a Raiders offense that allowed six sacks to the Rams and four to both the Browns and Chiefs in 2014. If the Bengals are looking to change the pace at which they achieved sacks in 2014, starting off the 2015 season by Atkins getting three in one game would be a great start to the year.
If Atkins doesn't pass Krumrie in Week 1, he has a good shot at passing him in Week 2 when the Chiefs visit Paul Brown Stadium. They allowed 49 sacks last year, the seventh most of any team.