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Week 12 Bengals vs Rams: Most Valuable Player

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We run down the list of the nominees for the Bengals' weekly MVP award in their 31-7 rout of the Rams. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner in the comments!

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For the second consecutive week, the Cincinnati Bengals scored 31 points, but this week, they only allowed seven from the opposition. Because of the amount of points and big plays on Sunday afternoon against St. Louis, it should make for a very interesting vote from you readers for the MVP award. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner for the Bengals' Most Valuable Player for their Week 12 win against the Rams!

QB Andy Dalton: It's such an awesome feeling for Bengals fans to rely on Dalton making this list almost every week, after struggling so often in prior years. With just one poor throw on the afternoon that resulted in an interception, Dalton was otherwise impeccable. He was 20-of-27 passing with three touchdowns, 233 passing yards and he hit nine different receivers including three tight ends (if you include Ryan Hewitt)

WR A.J. Green: Another usual staple in the weekly MVP race is Green, who has had stints of quiet play and explosions of gigantic performances in 2015. It had been a little while since the Pro Bowl wideout had been in the end zone, Week 8 against the Steelers to be exact, but Green remedied that on Sunday against St. Louis. Green had six catches, two for touchdowns, and 61 receiving yards on the day.

TE Tyler Eifert: It's been an historic season for the third-year tight end, and he added to his 2015 Pro Bowl resume once again on Sunday by finding the end zone for the 12th time. Eifert now has the second most receiving touchdowns of any Bengals receiver in a season, behind Carl Pickens, and he finished with three catches for 40 yards and the score. Let's also not forget that Eifert also jumped on a Bernard fumble late in the game to save a big play.

CB Leon Hall: While being relegated to slot duties as his career winds down, the team once again needed the reliable veteran to step up in the wake of recent injuries to the secondary. It was a day and an offensive game plan by the Rams fit for a savvy corner who has seen it all, as he jumped a short Nick Foles pass in the third quarter and returned it for a touchdown. It was the back-breaker to squash any hopes the Rams had to come back in the contest. Hall finished with the interception, six total tackles and was part of a group who frustrated St. Louis's offense all afternoon.

DT Geno Atkins: The frustration for Foles and the Rams started up front with Cincinnati's line, and Atkins was showing young Aaron Donald how things are done. He had three tackles on the afternoon, with one being a run stuff for negative yards and a sack of Foles.

The Offensive Line: I mean, who could we individually choose here? The offensive line played very well against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Center Russell Bodine opened holes up the middle and got to the second level on short screens, while the rest of the line kept Dalton clean for the first time in three weeks against a line that had 30 sacks in 10 games played. The group paved the way for 140 rushing yards and didn't allow a sack.