The Bengals week 17 MVP was the closest call of the season, coming down to wide receiver Marvin Jones and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Jones caught five passes for 61 yards receiving, with all five passes leading to a first down and/or a touchdown -- which was a beautiful dance through the air. Kirkpatrick allowed five completions on 11 targets, but also generated two interceptions, including a pick-six that gave Cincinnati a 34-17 lead (and eventual win) over the Baltimore Ravens.
Jones claimed 30 percent of the vote, with Kirkpatrick falling three votes shy.
This is Jones' second CJ MVP of the season.
Now that the season is over, the tally is:
Andy Dalton - four player of the week awards (Week 6, 7, 14, 16).
Vontaze Burfict - three player of the week awards (1, 11, 13).
Giovani Bernard - two player of the week awards (2, 9)
Marvin Jones - two player of the week awards (8, 17)
Michael Johnson (week 3), Vincent Rey (week 10), George Iloka (week 4), Wallace Gilberry (week 5), Brandon Tate (week 15), all won the award one time.
Week 17 (Ravens): Marvin Jones (61 yards, TD)
Week 16 (Vikings): Andy Dalton (366 yards, 4 TDs, 136.5 passer rating)
Week 15 (Steelers): Brandon Tate (131 yards in kickoff returns, including a 52-yarder)
Week 14 (Colts): Andy Dalton (275 yards, 3 passing TDs, rushing TD)
Week 13 (Chargers): LB Vontaze Burfict (13 tackles, hit on the quarterback)
Week 11 (Browns): LB Vontaze Burfict (15 tackles, forced fumble, recovery for a touchdown)
Week 10 (Ravens): LB Vincent Rey (13 tackles, 3 sacks, interception, 3 TFL, 3 passed defensed)
Week 9 (Dolphins): RB Giovani Bernard (104 total yards, 2 TDs)
Week 8 (Jets): WR Marvin Jones (122 yards, 4 TDs)
Week 7 (Lions): QB Andy Dalton (372 yards, 3 TDs)
Week 6 (Bills): QB Andy Dalton (337 yards, 3 TDs)
Week 5 (Patriots): DE Wallace Gilberry (1.5 QB sacks, 2 QB hits, FF)
Week 4 (Browns): S George Iloka (6 tackles, near-pick)
Week 3 (Packers): DE Michael Johnson (7 tackles, 1.5 QB sacks, FF, TFL, 4 QB hits)
Week 2 (Steelers): RB Giovani Bernard (65 total yards, 2 TDs)
Week 1 (Bears): LB Vontaze Burfict (8 tackles, INT, pass defensed)