It was a barn-burner in Pittsburgh, but the Bengals came out victorious after seeming like they didn't want to win the game. Self-inflicted wounds created a frustrating afternoon, but Cincinnati managed to come out on top in unlikely fashion.
While there were a bunch of contributors to the victory, there were only a small handful that truly impacted the game in a huge fashion. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner for the Bengals' Week 8 Most Valuable Player award!
QB Andy Dalton: It was the worst performance of the year for Dalton, but it might have been the gutsiest. He played through poor protection, questionable play-calling and missed special teams opportunities to eke out a win. While he had two interceptions, Dalton threw the game-winning touchdown and made plays down the stretch. He finished with 231 passing yards and got a win in the wake of a rough afternoon.
WR A.J. Green: There have been rumblings of the Pro Bowl wideout shrinking (along with others), in big games. However, on Sunday, Green was by far the most effective target on Sunday against the Steelers. Many were on short routes, but he also nabbed a 38-yarder on a go-route. He finished with 11 catches for 118 yards and the game-clinching touchdown reception.
K Mike Nugent: Though the veteran kicker had one kick blocked, it was after he made the attempt but a penalty on Eric Winston negated it. He made three other field goals and another critical extra point to account for 10 total points of the team's 16 overall.
S Reggie Nelson: The veteran safety has Ben Roethlisberger's number. Nelson has five interceptions in the past six games against the Steelers, with two of those coming on Sunday. Though the team only took advantage of one of the picks, in terms of points, both were critical and the final one led to a Nugent field goal to push the game to a six-point lead.