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Matthew Stafford impressed by Geno Atkins

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford believes that Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins is a "big strong guy".

Matthew Stafford has described Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins as a "big strong guy" ahead of the AFC North side's game against the Detroit Lions this weekend.

Atkins, who was a teammate of the Lions quarterback in college, has made 15 tackles and four sacks so far this season.

The 25-year-old told the Lions' website: "From the day he got in there, the guy just had natural strength. Early on in his career he had just awful technique, but he could lift all sorts of weight. You were like, 'How's this guy doing it?'

"He's just naturally a big strong guy. He's obviously putting in a ton of hard work. He's a smart kid. He's figuring it out and he's playing really well."

The Lions and Bengals both sit at the top of their divisions with 4-2 records.

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Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after he sacked T.J. Yates #13 of the Houston Texans in the first half during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012
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