We've run down the list of our MVP nominees, but it's time to look at some of those guys you may not have looked at at first blush. We had a large number of choices for the MVP nod, so we'll try and come up with a solid list here. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner!
A.J. Green, WR: While he was bottled up for much of the game, Green still finished second in receiving yards for the Bengals' offense. One of his best plays was continuing a route for an absurd amount of time to get open and give Andy Dalton an open target for a first down. He finished with four catches for 36 yards.
Mohamed Sanu, WR: While Green and Marvin Jones have been getting the lion's share of catches, Sanu could be labeled as either the "Swiss Army Knife" and/or "The Chain Mover". Each of his catches seem to be clutch, and even though he had just two on Sunday, they went for 30 yards and two first downs. He also had a run for eight yards, which was a designed pass he wisely pulled down for the carry.
Andre Smith, OT: In reviewing the tape, whether metrics agree or not, Smith was awesome. He pulled often on run plays and help stifle an all-world Buffalo defensive front four to not lay a hand on Dalton. He's been an underrated tackle since entering the NFL, but is a valued member of the dominant Bengals' front.
Kevin Huber, P: The left-footer is on a mission for another Pro Bowl berth this year with solid and great performances in each game. All three of Huber's Sunday punts pinned the Bills inside the 20-yard line, while limiting Buffalo's returners to zero yards on punt returns. Field position was a big part of Cincinnati's victory, especially early on, and Huber was key to the facet.
Reggie Nelson, S: While it was a bit ugly in the aspect of the Bengals' defense guarding tight ends, Nelson made his impact felt. He made a couple of tackles-for-loss against LeSean McCoy, and led the Bengals with 12 total tackles. No Buffalo receiving option cracked the 65-yard mark and Nelson was a big part of the feat.
Darqueze Dennard, CB: One of the facets we look at when pulling nominees for this weekly feature is a player's ability to step up in the wake of injury. Leon Hall was a late scratch with his back injury, so it was Dennard's time to step up as a third cornerback. His response was an interception, a tackle and a pass defensed on the afternoon.
Wallace Gilberry, DE: One adjective coaches love to use when describing a defensive lineman is "disruptive". That's exactly what Gilberry was on Sunday. He only showed up in the tackle stat column with three, but he seemed to frustrate EJ Manuel and LeSean McCoy throughout the afternoon.