There were very few points in the Bengals' 10th victory of the 2015 season to criticize, especially with such a lopsided win against a heated rival. Many of the most obvious MVP nominees this week are on offense with a 37-point effort, though there were some utterly dominant efforts in the other facets of the game, too.
Whether it was frustrating Austin Davis on defense, the special teams accounting for quite a few points or the offense torching a suspect defense, there were a number of highlight reel plays from names suddenly becoming household fixtures for NFL fans. Cast your vote and sound off on the Bengals' Week 13 Most Valuable Player against the Browns!
QB Andy Dalton: In the two games against the Browns this season, Dalton has six total touchdowns and zero turnovers. He had two touchdown passes and another one on the ground against Cleveland on Sunday, to go with a 74 percent completion percentage and 220 yards for a 15.7 yards-per-completion average on the afternoon. While missing Tyler Eifert and some important players on defense on Sunday, Dalton led the Bengals to win No. 10 in 2015.
RB Jeremy Hill: It was the best all-around game of the year for Hill who had 98 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. It seems like he's beginning to hit his stride the past two games and he was key in a game in which the offense wanted to establish the run.
WR A.J. Green: Joe Haden didn't play in either game of "The Battle of Ohio" this year, making Green's Sunday afternoon substantially easier. He absolutely torched veteran corner Tramon Williams all afternoon to the tune of five catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. The score and another 57-yard catch were things of beauty, showing the majestic gait of Green and his ability to break away from coverage.
WR Marvin Jones: While Green dazzled on some of his big plays, Jones turned short screens into drive-sustaining plays and also had a nice 21-yard touchdown catch to finish with five-catches for 55-yards including his scoring grab. He has consistently been an exciting complementary weapon in the 2015 Bengals' offense.
K Mike Nugent: Almost every week, the veteran kicker lands on our "Unsung Hero of the Week" post, but with 13 points and him being a reliable weapon in a game that needed solid special teams play, he earned his MVP nod. He had three field goals and four extra points made on a day that other kickers around the league missed eight extra points.
DT Geno Atkins: While other defensive linemates landed on the stat sheet in a number of ways, Atkins might have had the best performance by a player who didn't record a stat...ever. He constantly disrupted running and throwing lanes for the Browns' offense and either pushed an offensive guard into Davis' lap and/or opened up the path for a big play for a fellow lineman. While this type of performance typifies our Unsung Hero award, he was just too good to bypass for the MVP nod.
DE Carlos Dunlap: While Atkins was dominant, but didn't get the stats, Dunlap was dominant and did rack them up. He had three tackles, a quarterback sack, forced a fumble and blocked a field goal on Sunday. He had another sack on the day, but an unfortunate face mask penalty negated the play. It was another dominant performance from a guy potentially on his way to his first Pro Bowl berth.