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Bengals at Ravens: MVP, Unsung Hero, Goat of the Week and more awards for Week 11

Though the Bengals came up just short against their division rivals, there were some positive takeaways.

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It was a tough pill for the Bengals to swallow on Sunday, perhaps indicating that they’re just not there yet in 2018. Cincinnati had some missed opportunities to come out victorious, but in the end, it was the Ravens’ rushing attack that spelled doom.

Regardless, there were far more positives to take away this week than last. Cast your vote for each of these award categories and sound off on your selections!

Most Valuable Player:

Andy Dalton: The veteran signal-caller got off to a slow start, but really picked things up in the second half. Not surprisingly, the defense made a few plays for him in the third quarter to spark the change in play.

Without two of his favorite targets in Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green, Dalton was 19-of-36 for 211 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 29 yards, which was the top total by any Bengals player. There were some questionable decisions by No. 14, but in the end, he was poised to grab his 25th career fourth quarter comeback win. Things just didn’t fall into place.

Tyler Boyd: Though Green was out and Boyd grabbed more coverage than usual, he made quite a few plays on Sunday. Three of his four receptions moved the sticks in critical situations, and he finished as the team’s leading receiver with 71 yards.

John Ross: This might be a reach of a nomination here, given Ross’ feast-or-famine performances, but he is still coming up with those big plays the team envisioned from him when they took him No. 9 overall. Ross grabbed his fourth touchdown of the season in acrobatic fashion, wrestling a 50-50 ball away from cornerback Marlon Humphrey.

He only finished with two catches for 27 yards, but that touchdown gave the Bengals a huge 21-13 lead at the time.

Shawn Williams: It wasn’t a banner day for the defense, even with a new coordinator, but Williams was everywhere on Sunday. He had a critical interception that sparked the third quarter comeback by the Bengals—it was his fourth of the season and second against Baltimore in 2018. Williams also led the team in tackles with 11.

Poll

Who was the Bengals’ Week 11 MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Andy Dalton
    (103 votes)
  • 22%
    Tyler Boyd:
    (74 votes)
  • 3%
    John Ross
    (11 votes)
  • 36%
    Shawn Williams
    (121 votes)
  • 6%
    Other
    (22 votes)
331 votes total Vote Now

Unsung Hero of the Week:

Joe Mixon: In the past two weeks, Mixon has only been given 23 total carries. He had tough sledding against Baltimore on the ground, racking up only 14 yards, but did have a critical touchdown run early in the contest. He was also a factor in the passing game once again, grabbing three balls for 38 yards.

C.J. Uzomah: With no Eifert or Tyler Kroft, Uzomah is now the team’s primary tight end. He’s grown into the role a bit and flashed his patented athleticism on Sunday. He had three catches for 41 yards, including a 20-yard beauty on the final drive.

Sam Hubbard: Though Hubbard whiffed on a sack opportunity and the defensive line allowed 265 rushing yards, the rookie made some plays. He did have an earlier sack of Lamar Jackson along with five total tackles, and also lined up at fullback on Mixon’s touchdown run.

Alex Erickson: Though he was a non-factor on offense, Erickson had a couple of big returns. Penalties on each hurt, but he did set up the Bengals offense well. He averaged 23 yards per punt return on two tries.

Matt Lengel: Part of the criteria for being nominated in this category is in the ability to step up for others in the wake of injury. Lengel, who is playing because of the team losing four tight ends to Injured Reserve this year, grabbed a critical touchdown catch to give the Bengals a 14-13 lead.

Poll

Who was the Bengals’ Week 11 Unsung Hero of the Week?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Joe Mixon
    (25 votes)
  • 22%
    C.J. Uzomah
    (66 votes)
  • 37%
    Sam Hubbard
    (110 votes)
  • 14%
    Alex Erickson
    (42 votes)
  • 15%
    Matt Lengel
    (45 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (8 votes)
296 votes total Vote Now

Goat of the Week:

Randy Bullock: It’s hard to get on your kicker when he misses a 51-yard attempt in the cold, but it was a crucial kick in the contest. Additionally speaking, when you see Justin Tucker hit 55 yard field goals with ease from the opposite sideline, these missed become increasingly frustrating.

Cody Core: The “height/weight/speed” guy isn’t translating it to on-field production. Though he made some plays as a rookie in 2016, Core just isn’t bringing anything to the offense, which sorely needs contributions. He dropped the game-sealing 4th-and-3 pass, which he later blamed on a missed interference call.

Vontaze Burfict: I suppose Burfict being named in this category is kind of a catch-all for the overall struggles by the defensive unit. Unfortunately, given the issues in his position group, the insane rushing attack by the Ravens and his not playing up to his usual level, he’s the nominee here.

On Sunday, his effort didn’t appear to be what it usually is and he was seen missing a routine tackle or two that became pretty significant gains for Baltimore.

Poll

Who was the Bengals’ Week 11 Goat of the Week?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Randy Bullock
    (52 votes)
  • 58%
    Cody Core
    (200 votes)
  • 24%
    Vontaze Burfict
    (83 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (9 votes)
344 votes total Vote Now

Play of the Week:

Shawn Williams’ interception: One of the few defensive players who has been playing pretty well this season is Williams. With the Bengals behind the eight ball to start the second half, they needed a big play. Williams grabbed a huge interception off of Jackson to set up the Lengel touchdown.

Matt Lengel’s touchdown: Lengel only had one catch of the day, but he made it count. On what was either blatant disrespect for his abilities, a blown assignment, or both, he was wide open for the score and gave the Bengals a 14-13 lead.

John Ross’ 22-yard touchdown reception: As mentioned above, Ross wasn’t the pillar of consistency on Sunday, but he has proven to be a big play guy of late. In fact, that lone aspect is actually building some consistency.

On a first down a good way through the third quarter, Dalton floated a ball down the right sideline for Ross. It was under-thrown, so Ross had to fight for it away from Humphrey and did for a big score—his fourth of the year.

Poll

What was the Bengals’ best play of Week 11?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Shawn Williams’ interception
    (53 votes)
  • 2%
    Matt Lengel’s touchdown catch
    (8 votes)
  • 77%
    John Ross’ touchdown catch
    (225 votes)
  • 1%
    Other
    (3 votes)
289 votes total Vote Now