What a game! The Bengals came out strong and finished the same way, getting their second win of the season.
Which were some of the best performances in the team’s 34-23 win against the Ravens? Cast your votes and sound off on your winners for this week’s awards!
Most Valuable Player:
All three phases of the Cincinnati Bengals’ team worked well on Thursday, with some of their biggest stars having the biggest impacts on the game. Who gets your vote for the Week 2 MVP?
Andy Dalton: What a game from the Bengals’ signal-caller. He had one of the best first halves by a Cincinnati quarterback ever, throwing for four touchdowns in the win. Though he fizzled a bit in the second half, Dalton still finished with 265 yards and hit clutch throws throughout the contest.
A.J. Green: Three of those four aforementioned Dalton touchdowns went to their star receiver. While all were pretty nice throws from No. 14, Green’s second touchdown was largely on Green, who fought through traffic for some 25-plus yards and shot into the end zone. No. 18 finished with five catches for 69 yards and the three scores, as he continued to torture the Ravens.
Joe Mixon: The second-year back is relishing in his higher-profile role this season. It wasn’t as pretty or consistent as last week against the Colts, but we knew the Ravens’ defense would provide a bigger test.
Mixon finished with 84 tough yards on 21 carries (4.0 yards per carry), along with one catch for three yards. He also fought through a knee issue that caused him to leave the game twice on Thursday.
Randy Bullock: Another nice game from the veteran kicker. The two field goals he hit were totally clutch, as they were in the second half when the Bengals’ lead was dwindling. He also hit his four extra point tries to give him 10 total points for the game, as he remains perfect on the year.
Shawn Williams: Talking about atoning for last week. Williams played like a man possessed on Thursday night, accumulating a sack, forced fumble, an interception and eight total tackles.
Geno Atkins: The interior of the Ravens’ offensive line had no answer for No. 97. Even when Joe Flacco was completing second half passes, Atkins seemed to almost always be in his face or taking him to the ground.
The big lineman accumulated five tackles, two sacks and numerous pressures/hits. After signing his big deal this offseason, he has three sacks in two games.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 2 MVP?
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Unsung Hero of the Week:
In a game such as what we saw on Thursday Night Football that was filled with scoring and turnovers, many players’ contributions get overlooked as being viable MVP candidates. Who gets your vote in the Bengals’ Unsung Hero of the Week?
Cordy Glenn: Though he had a false start penalty against him, Glenn had another solid game. The running game continues to thrive going left, while he and the offensive line didn’t allow a sack on Thursday. Did we mention that the Ravens’ defense had six sacks in Week 1?
Tyler Boyd: No. 83 should be considered a fringe MVP candidate this week, as he constantly bailed the offense out of sticky situations. His touchdown reception was on a second-and-14, while his 22-yard and 17-yard beauties were on a 3rd-and-9 and 3rd-and-8, respectively. If his six-catch, 91-yard, one touchdown evening seems familiar, check the box score from New Year’s Eve, 2017.
Giovani Bernard: With Mixon going in and out of the lineup, Bernard was pressed into more action. Not only did he get in there in pass protection, but he had six carries for 27 yards and four catches for 15 yards in a high-effort performance.
Jessie Bates III: Bates showed his centerfield-like prowess on Thursday, plucking an errant Flacco pass for an interception. He almost had two others, but couldn’t bring them in. Aside from the pick and his three tackles, Bengals fans caught a glimpse at his closing speed in the secondary.
Hardy Nickerson: Look, Nickerson was responsible for giving up a couple of big plays, but he stepped in admirably for the injured Preston Brown. Add in the fact that he didn’t have Vontaze Burfict to lean on, and you have to give the kid some credit for his co-team-high of eight total tackles, which spearheading a unit that allowed 66 rushing yards and 3.0 yards per carry on the ground.
Sam Hubbard: The rookie defensive end had more snaps on Thursday night and made the most of them. He racked up five tackles, two for loss, including a sack. He pressured Flacco a handful of times when the Ravens were forced to pass more often for a good all-around evening.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 2 Unsung Hero of the Week award?
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Jessie Bates III
Play of the Game:
In a game with so many big plays, it’s hard to discern which was the biggest. But, hey—the Bengals made it interesting for us, right?
Jessie Bates’ first quarter interception: Both teams punted the ball back to each other on their first possessions, but there was a sense of the need for a big play. The roaming Bates made a great play on an errant throw by Flacco. This set up the Bengals with great field position to get their first touchdown.
Andy Dalton’s four-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green: Spoiler alert: You’re going to sense a theme here. After Bates’ interception, Dalton found Green on a pretty rollout in the back of the end zone to give the team a 7-0 lead in which they never relented.
Bengals take 7-0 lead with 10:35 remaining in the 1st on A.J. Green's TD reception. pic.twitter.com/VyqhEg80j4— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 14, 2018
Andy Dalton’s 32-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green: This one was pretty much all Green, as he caught the ball in traffic, broke a tackle and outran everyone to the end zone. The Bengals got up 14-0 on Baltimore from here.
Andy Dalton’s 7-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green: No. 18 struck again, causing more nightmares for the Ravens and their fans. On a third-and-goal, Green was in the slot against Marlon Humphrey and simply out-positioned him for the touchdown.
3rd touchdown of the first half for A.J. Greenpic.twitter.com/8Q50YgasAZ— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 14, 2018
Andy Dalton’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd: After seeing his counterpart get the hat trick, Boyd decided he wanted in on the action. Bill Lazor drew up a masterful drag route in which Boyd caught the pass and scooted into the end zone, giving the Bengals a gigantic 28-7 lead.
RT BleacherReport "RT BR_NFL: Tyler Boyd bringing back the Bernie?— A.G. (@Mr_Jumpman023) September 14, 2018
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Shawn Williams’ sack/forced fumble on Joe Flacco and recovery by Jordan Willils: After shooting out to a 28-7 lead, Baltimore clawed back into the contest. On a third-and-10 with the Ravens needing a big play, it was Williams who came through with one. The turnover gave the Bengals a huge Bullock field goal to ice the game.
Expecto patronum Shawn Williams sling blades Joe Flacco! pic.twitter.com/XEwej9xVoZ— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) September 14, 2018
What was the Week 2 Bengals play of the game?
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Jessie Bates III’s first quarter interception
A.J. Green’s four-yard touchdown reception
A.J. Green’s 32-yard touchdown reception
A.J. Green’s 7-yard touchdown reception
Tyler Boyd’s 14-yard touchdown reception
Shawn Williams’ strip-sack of Joe Flacco