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Bengals triplets rank No. 16

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NFL.com is running a series of offseason fodder (mostly to keep the conversation alive for the NFL's dry months) and ranks the best triplets (QB, RB and WR combination) in the league.

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Remember back in the day when the Cincinnati Bengals had one of the best triplets in the NFL? Carson Palmer, one of the naturally gifted young throwers at the time, was joined by a franchise-record holder (of virtually every receiving record) Chad Johnson and Rudi Johnson, who scored 36 rushing touchdowns over a three-year period ('04-'06). It wasn't on the level of Indianapolis' three-some of Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison (or Reggie Wayne), but it was up there.

Today, the Bengals have a new set of triplets. Starting with Andy Dalton at quarterback, the terrorizing threesome includes two premiere players: wide receiver A.J. Green and running back Jeremy Hill. Dave Dameshek with NFL.com ranks Cincinnati's current triplets as the 16th-best:

Green doesn't get enough credit for perpetually biting his lip when the subject of his QB's mediocrity arises. Deep down, Green no doubt knows his lofty production comes in spite of the Red Rifle, not because of it. Hill further proves Cincy's decision-makers know what they're doing at the draft.

Dameshek lists Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown as the league's No. 1 threesome. Green Bay's (Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson), Seattle's (Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Graham), Indianapolis' (Andrew Luck, Frank Gore, T.Y. Hilton) and New England's (Tom Brady, LeGarrette Blount, Rob Gronkowski) round out the top-five.

Do you think the Bengals deserve to be placed in the middle of the league? Or should they have been ranked higher?