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While it wasn’t the result the team wanted, there were some great individual performances by Bengals players this week.

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The Cincinnati Bengals received a bit of a reality check on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, as they fell to 2-1. Even with the myriad of issues that led to the loss, there were still a number of notable performances.

Cast your vote and sound off on your winners for this week’s awards!

Most Valuable Player:

Though they turned the ball over frequently, Cincinnati’s offense still had a number of quality performances. Here’s who we gave the nod to, in terms of MVP nominations.

Tyler Boyd: This was by far the most impressive outing by the third-year wideout. He finished with six catches for 132 yards (a 22-yard per reception average) and a touchdown, as well as a five-yard carry. Boyd leads the team in receiving yards with 249.

Giovani Bernard: It wasn’t the prettiest of performances, but Bernard gutted out a gritty afternoon. He had 61 yards on 12 catches and a touchdown, as well as five catches for 25 yards.

Tyler Eifert: This was one of the better performances we’ve seen from the Pro Bowl tight end in some time. He had six catches for 74 yards, including a couple of highlight-reel grabs.

Carlos Dunlap: The big defensive end was one of the few defensive players who seemed to actually show up in Charlotte. He had six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a defended pass attempt.

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 3 MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 81%
    Tyler Boyd
    (235 votes)
  • 2%
    Giovani Bernard
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    Tyler Eifert
    (12 votes)
  • 9%
    Carlos Dunlap
    (28 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (7 votes)
290 votes total Vote Now

Unsung Hero of the Week:

This award honors players who stepped up in a gutty fashion and/or in the wake of injury, etc. We again look to the offense for this week’s nominees.

Andy Dalton: I guess this comes down to “Good Andy/Bad Andy”. Speaking on the former, Dalton scrapped all day and actually dropped quite a few nice passes right in the bucket.

He often had pressure and one of his touchdown passes was a beauty on the run. Oh, and he set another Bengals franchise passing record with his 23rd 300-plus yard passing contest.

C.J. Uzomah: The reserve tight end only had two grabs on Sunday, but he made the most of them. One was a one-yard touchdown off of play-action, while another was an 18-yard grab. Bill Lazor has been using the tight ends well this year.

A.J. Green: The Pro Bowl wide receiver was lost for essentially all of the second half, but he still made plays. The biggest was a 31-yard toe-tap on the sideline, but we also have to marvel that he left the game once with injury and came back in before leaving for good.

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Unsung Hero of the Week?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Andy Dalton
    (93 votes)
  • 30%
    C.J. Uzomah
    (67 votes)
  • 15%
    A.J. Green
    (35 votes)
  • 11%
    Other
    (26 votes)
221 votes total Vote Now

Goat of the Week:

It’s been a little while since we’ve put some Bengals players on blast, but some of these performances deserve it.

Andy Dalton: Now speaking on “Bad Andy”, it’s pretty hard to excuse a four-interception game. Yes, a couple of those may have been the fault of others and/or on a last-second Hail Mary, but he was also bailed out by his tight ends and receivers on more than one occasion with some great catches.

John Ross: Much has been made of the Dalton-Ross (dis)connection. Two of Dalton’s four interceptions were thrown Ross’ way, and there is an ensuing debate as to where fault should be placed. Still, even though he has played in just six NFL games, fans are wanting more from the former No. 9 overall pick.

Dre Kirkpatrick: For the third straight week, Kirkpatrick let an interception opportunity go right through his hands. Aside from that, he was covering Devin Funchess, who scored a touchdown on him and a 20-yard catch on a critical third-and-9.

Hardy Nickerson: Really, Nickerson’s nomination for this dubious distinction is a microcosm of the defense’s issues all afternoon. He was seen victimized by Christian McCaffrey often during his 184-yard rushing day, but did finish with seven total tackles. Fans are drooling for the respective returns of both Preston Brown and Vontaze Burfict.

Randy Bullock:

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Goat of the Week?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Andy Dalton
    (10 votes)
  • 54%
    John Ross
    (137 votes)
  • 22%
    Dre Kirkpatrick
    (57 votes)
  • 14%
    Hardy Nickerson
    (37 votes)
  • 2%
    Randy Bullock
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Other
    (4 votes)
251 votes total Vote Now

Play of the Week:

Some of this week’s big plays were ones that got the team into the end zone, while others were helpful in setting up those scores.

C.J. Uzomah’s one-yard touchdown: It’s hard to get hyped up about a one-yard score, but this was a thing of beauty. Dalton executed a play-action pass to perfection and lofted a touchdown into the tight end’s waiting arms.

A.J. Green’s 31-yard catch: It was initially ruled as out of bounds, but when the slow-motion replay occurred, one could see Green’s impressive footwork. Unfortunately, Dalton threw an interception shortly after, but it easily could have led to points, given that they were around midfield after the play.

Tyler Eifert’s 20-yard touchdown catch: Eifert made a number of great catches on Sunday, but this one was a beauty. He bailed Dalton out on what could have been an interception, but instead netted 20 yards and put them in position for a touchdown a couple of plays later.

Tyler Boyd’s 27-yard touchdown catch: Facing a 28-14 deficit late in the third quarter, the Bengals needed a big play. Eifert gave the above-embedded one a couple of plays earlier, but Dalton made an impeccable throw to Boyd to make it a one-possession game.

Tyler Boyd’s 49-yard catch: Once again, Dalton scrambled away from pressure and found Boyd alone. It was a decent throw on the run, but Boyd really helped his quarterback out by finding a soft spot in the zone. It led to the Bullock 53-yard missed field goal.

Poll

What was the Bengals’ Play of the Game in Week 3?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    C.J. Uzomah’s one-yard touchdown catch
    (7 votes)
  • 21%
    A.J. Green’s 31-yard reception
    (44 votes)
  • 12%
    Tyler Eifert’s 20-yard catch
    (27 votes)
  • 40%
    Tyler Boyd’s 27-yard touchdown catch
    (85 votes)
  • 21%
    Tyler Boyd’s 49-yard reception
    (44 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (2 votes)
209 votes total Vote Now