A tie. For the second time in seven years, the Cincinnati Bengals achieved this rare NFL feat. The leftover taste is bittersweet, as the team didn't lose the game and still reside atop the AFC North, technically-speaking. Still, it stings when the opportunity was there to come out victorious in a four-hour marathon game.
We're getting set to move on to the next match-up against the Indianapolis Colts, but we still have a couple of awards to give out from the past game before we move forward . Cast your vote and sound off on who you think the Bengals Week Six MVP Award winner should be.
Mohamed Sanu, WR: The third-year player has been impressive this season, particularly in the wake of so many injuries around him. The Bengals have been without three top play-makers on offense and Sanu has seen bracketed coverage because of it, but he still continues to make plays. Sanu was the leading receiver on the day and set personal bests in receptions (10) and receiving yards (120). He had a critical touchdown and was one of the stalwarts on Cincinnati's offense that afternoon.
Giovani Bernard, RB: Add another signature run to No. 25's resume. The 89-yarder was a thing of beauty in the second quarter and was the second-longest run in franchise history. He finished with a career-high 137 yards on the ground, the long touchdown, which was a momentum-swinger early on, and four catches for 20 yards.
Reggie Nelson, S: Towards the end of regulation, my brother (who I was watching the game with) turned to me and said: "Do me a favor and nominate Reggie for your MVP post this week, will ya?". It's not just because my brother requested that I added him, either. Nelson was the leading tackler on the day with 11, including one for loss, and had a critical interception late to bring Cincinnati back in it. It wasn't a good showing by the Bengals' defense overall, but Nelson really played well.
Andy Dalton, QB: For just the first time this season, Dalton committed more than one turnover in a game (three all season). His two interceptions were costly, but he was crisp at almost every other point in the game. He went 33 of 43 for a season-high 323 yards, as well as two touchdown passes. More than that, Dalton led his team to a 62 percent third down conversion rate and captained many comeback and go-ahead drives. It's another admirable performance for the quarterback, missing so many weapons in the passing game.
Adam Jones, CB/KR: Every time that Jones touches the ball in returning duties, I find myself holding my breath--in the best possible sense of the phrase. He begged for a shot at a kick return late in the game and delivered big-time. His 97-yarder is the longest return not-for-a-touchdown in franchise history and put the Bengals back in a position to tie the game up late in the fourth quarter. He also had a pass breakup in the end zone on Carolina's final drive in regulation, forcing a game-tying field goal try instead of letting the Panthers take the lead.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals Week Six Most Valuable Player Award?