Though the Thursday Night Football matchup showcasing "The Battle of Ohio" was a close fight through the first half, the Bengals ran away with the game in the second half against the Browns. It was in that second half that many of the better performances from Cincinnati's players began to surface.
We take a look at the best individual Bengals performances in their four-touchdown performance and lay them out for your votes. Cast your vote and sound off on your selection for the Week 9 award!
QB Andy Dalton: Another week, another nomination for the previously-embattled quarterback. While the early game plan focused on the run and his passing yards (234) weren't gaudy, Dalton was 21-of-27 passing with three touchdowns. All three went to tight end Tyler Eifert and Dalton did everything that was asked of him on the evening--which was leading his offense in an efficient manner.
TE Tyler Eifert: The young pass-catcher is continuing to cement his place as one of the best tight ends in the game. Eifert continues to be a red zone monster and had three touchdowns on Thursday night. He has beaten linebackers, corners and safeties this season and had 53 receiving yards on the evening along with the scoring catches.
RB Giovani Bernard: The third-year running back continues to have an impressive 2015 campaign as a multi-dimensional weapon--most recently against the Browns. He had 13 carries for 72 yards and a catch for 14 yards. While Jeremy Hill is the thumper, Bernard continues to provide a nice spark in the running game.
DE Carlos Dunlap: What a year for the veteran defensive end. Dunlap has always been a steady and solid player, but never one who continuously pops out on the stat sheet. That's not the case in 2015, as he leads the league in sacks with 8.5, thanks to his two-sack effort on Thursday night. The Bengals' defense made nice second half adjustments on Johnny Manziel, with Dunlap's play having a major impact. He had two additional tackles on top of the duo of quarterback sacks.