We are a good way through the week and it's time to put the ugly loss to the Patriots in the rearview mirror. Before it's completely on to Carolina (see what I did there, Coach Belichick?), we want to roll out the nominations for this week's Most Valuable Player Award. Cast your vote and sound off on who you think the winner should be this week!
Andy Dalton: Usually Dalton isn't at his sharpest on the national stage, but he was one of the main reasons the team stayed in the game at all. He threw for 204 yards, two touchdowns and had zero interceptions. He battled through drops and fumbles to lead the offense.
A.J. Green: Yes, he had a critical fumble, and yes he was blanketed by Darrelle Revis. Still, Green registered a touchdown catch and was the leading receiver on the day. He finished with five catches for 81 yards and the score.
Mohamed Sanu: He was the second-leading receiver on the day with five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. He had a case of the "dropsies", but was still effective on Sunday night.
Giovani Bernard: Bernard was effective on the ground, getting close to five yards per carry on the night. He finished with 13 carries for 62 yards and had two more catches for ten yards.
Rey Maualuga: The lone defensive player on our nomination list, Maualuga was one of the only defensive players flying to the ball on a consistent basis. He finished with nine tackles on the evening.