It's been almost 30 years since fans have seen the Cincinnati Bengals shoot out to the kind of start we've seen in 2015. And, for those who were around in 1988 and/or have done their research, that season was a very special one. This year's team is taking the same steps toward another historical march to the postseason.
There were a number of big plays by Bengals players on Sunday--some by those known as complementary players. Cast your vote for the team's Week 6 Most Valuable Player and sound off on your choice in the comments!
Andy Dalton, QB: It's quite a stark contrast to years past to have Dalton on the weekly MVP List, isn't it? While his streak of three straight 300-yard passing games was broken, he still had three touchdown passes and 243 yards through the air. He hit seven different receivers on the day and each touchdown went to a different receiver, which is pretty impressive.
Jeremy Hill, RB: It wasn't a great statistical day for Hill, but he ground out tough yards and found the end zone once again. He had 56 rushing yards and a 13-yard acrobatic touchdown reception to aid the Bengals' offense.
Giovani Bernard, HB: It's been a bit of a role reversal for Bernard and Hill this year, but it's working. Bernard has been the spark plug in the running game in 2015. He had 50 yards rushing and a 6.3 per carry average, with a touchdown and 23 yards receiving.
Marvin Jones, WR: The awesome reunion tour of Jones came with a lot of fanfare on Sunday. He made two spectacular plays, including a 42-yard reception and another 10-yarder for a touchdown. He was the leading receiver on the day with nine catches for 95 yards and the score.
Tyler Eifert, TE: Like Jones, Eifert is enjoying an amazing renaissance after being injured for basically all of 2014. He had another touchdown, his sixth in as many games, and finished with four catches for 30 yards and the touchdown catch.
Mike Nugent, K: The embattled veteran kicker has bounced back nicely again this year, and had a solid game against the Bills. He accounted for 10 points on the day, including two field goals--one of which was from 47 yards. With the increased difficulty placed on extra points this year, him adding two of those was impressive as well.
Carlos Dunlap, DE: The big guy off the edge is pacing himself for his first Pro Bowl berth in his sixth season. He had 1.5 sacks against the Bills, giving him 6.5 in 2015. He's been a great all-around defensive end against both the pass and the run this year.
CB/KR Adam Jones: The multi-talented Jones brought his talents to Buffalo and put them all on display. He had five total tackles, while contributing to no Bills wide receivers cracking the 50-yard receiving mark. He also had a 49-yard kickoff return and another 18-yard punt return.