It wasn't the prettiest game, but the Bengals came away with their third preseason win in four games when they beat the Colts 9-6 on Thursday night. Even though Cincinnati failed to reach the end zone, there were some notable performances in the game. Here are our nominees for the team's MVP award in the preseason finale. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner!
AJ McCarron: The team's backup quarterback had some highs and lows on the night, but battled through poor protection and played with backups to go 15-for-28 and 219 yards. He distributed the ball well and likely would have had more points if he wasn't sacked for a fumble and had another one lost by Tyler Kroft on a completion.
Cedric Peerman: It wasn't a banner evening for the team's running backs, but Peerman did a little bit of everything. His 12 rushing yards looked paltry, mostly because of a huge loss suffered due to poor blocking. He added 38 yards as a receiver on three catches and was a nice security blanket for McCarron.
P.J. Dawson: The rookie linebacker was everywhere on Thursday night. He had two sacks, nine total tackles and really swarmed to the ball. Knowing the staff's reluctance to play rookies early on, he might take a back seat, but some believe he could/should start.
Brandon Tate: After getting off to a slow start on Thursday night, Tate really picked up steam--particularly as a receiver. His 48-yard gallop was the big play of the evening and he finished with four catches for 77 yards.
Mike Nugent: When you account for 66 percent of the team's total points, you make the MVP list. Nugent hit two field goals in his first extensive preseason action, including a 41-yarder. It was a nice debut after he'd been nursing a hamstring injury.