With each passing week and Bengals victories, these Most Valuable Player pieces seem to get more fun to write. While most of the players who we nominate on this list are usual suspects, there are the smattering of new faces as well. These wins have truly been team efforts and it shows in different ways each week.
Let's roll out the nominees for the Week Three Bengals Most Valuable Player Award against the Titans.
A.J. Green: No.18 was a question mark through the first half of the week, but suited up against Tennessee. The league's No. 1 pass defense was no match for Green, who had his second 100-yard receiving day in as many games played this season. Though none were long bombs, he picked apart the Titans with sideline routes, slants and plays that allowed him to get yards after the catch. He was the biggest weapon in the passing game on Sunday with six catches for 102 yards.
Giovani Bernard: For a guy with a smaller stature at the position, he sure loves some contact. Though he has yet to break a huge run, Bernard has churned up yards bit by bit all season. He was the leading rusher on the day with 14 carries for 47 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and two tough touchdowns. He added one catch for seven yards for good measure, but the team didn't need him to be spectacular, either. He did what they asked of him and made clutch plays at the right moments.
Jeremy Hill: You almost have to put Hill and Bernard in the same sentence when talking about the Bengals, right? Hill continued to build on his 5.1 yard-per-carry average on Sunday with seven carries for 39 yards. His touchdown was a beauty also, as he had to stretch through a pile of defenders to make it happen. Though his touches have been limited, he makes the most of them and almost always nets big positive yards.
Carlos Dunlap: There are a handful of defensive players who have been played particularly well in the first three games and Dunlap is one of them. So far, the fifth-year defensive lineman has had a sack in each game, but has also showed why he is truly a well-rounded NFL defensive end. He was second on the team with six tackles and is taking his personal Pro Bowl berth goal seriously.
Who gets your vote for the Week Three Most Valuable Player award?