The Bengals improved to 5-7-1 as the team traveled to take on the winless Browns. It was breezy and snowing on Sunday, making the path to victory a tricky one, but Cincinnati prevailed. In doing so, many of their high-profile players had big statistical days.
Here are our nominees for the Bengals' Week 14 MVP versus the Browns. Who gets your vote?
Andy Dalton, Quarterback: For his first time playing professional football in significant snow, Dalton had a great game. It wasn't filled with big plays, but many of his throws were effective and moved the chains. He hit seven different receivers and finished 20-of-28 for 180 yards and two touchdowns with zero turnovers.
Jeremy Hill, Running Back: The star-crossed running back had his second 100-yard rushing effort of the season with 111 on 25 carries. He also cracked the end zone for the eighth time this year, as he is closing in on a 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown campaign. The Bengals used Hill in true AFC North smash-mouth form, as 14 of his carries came in the second half.
Tyler Eifert, Tight End: The Dalton-to-Eifert red zone magic is making a reappearance after it worked wonders last year and the big tight end had a solid day against Cleveland. He capped off the opening drive with a score and had another one in the second quarter, finishing with five catches for 48 yards and the pair of touchdowns.
Geno Atkins, Defensive Tackle: The Bengals had problems stopping the run on Sunday, but did manage to pressure Robert Griffin III and clamp down on the secondary. Atkins, who has had a positive effect all season, but has often stayed out of the stat lines, had a big game on Sunday. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle had five tackles and two sacks.
Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones, Cornerbacks: Jones and Kirkpatrick deserve to get mentioned in the same vein this week. Both were charged with covering emerging star receiver Terrelle Pryor, Sr. and held him to just one catch for three yards, while Griffin had just 104 passing yards and a 43% completion rate. Oh, and they made sure Pryor heard about their performance after the former Ohio State star began a bit of a quarrel.