Bengal quarterbacking. Pro Football Weekly's 2005 Midseason All-Pro team?
That's right. And there are plenty of other new faces anointed as the best at their respective positions -- as Bengals QB Carson Palmer was -- after input from scouts and a vote by PFW's editors. Only two offensive players, one defensive player and two specialists are back from 2004's team.
QB: Carson Palmer -- Cincinnati Bengals
Palmer has a legitimate chance to approach the single-season NFL record for completion percentage (Bengals QB Ken Anderson, 70.55 percent in 1982) and is surrounded with the weaponry to mount other gaudy numbers. Very poised for a player with just 22 career starts, the MVP candidate has helped the first-place Bengals to make playoff talk more than a punch line at Paul Brown Stadium.
RB: Edgerrin James -- Indianapolis Colts
For everyone who wanted James to earn the $9.1 million he could take home for 2005, his first-half effort has more than filled the bill. A unanimous pick who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage for much of the season to date, James stole the show from QB Peyton Manning and the fast-paced Colts offense. James is on pace to set career highs in rushing yards and touchdowns, just in time to hit the open market -- maybe -- in March.