It was a tough year for the Cincinnati Bengals and a major reason for it was because of the offense. Inconsistent production aside, the team suffered season-ending injuries to its starting quarterback, as well as Pro Bowl tight end and wide receiver.
In truth, some nominees in this category showed their worth because of their injury. The loss felt by the team in their absence left glaring holes.
Cast your vote and sound off on your winner for the Bengals’ 2018 Offensive Player of the Year!
Andy Dalton: The veteran signal-caller was particularly sharp at the beginning of the season when the team was amid a 4-1 stretch, but his season was unfortunately cut short. The explosive start fizzled out as injuries piled up, including a season-ending one to Dalton himself.
Before he landed on I.R. though, Dalton threw 21 touchdowns against 11 interceptions and had an 89.6 rating. He also had three game-winning drives and four fourth quarter comebacks in 11 games played.
Joe Mixon: This past offseason, Mixon was given the designated No. 1 running back spot and took full advantage. He was the AFC’s leading rusher with 1,168 yards to go along with eight touchdowns. Mixon also stepped up as a receiver notching 43 catches (tied for third-best on the team) and another score.
Tyler Boyd: The third-year receiver had a breakout 2018, notching his first 1,000-yard season. He was tops on the team with 76 receptions and 1,028 yards, as well as seven touchdowns. It was impressive that he stepped up as the top option in the Bengals’ offense and was still able to be productive without A.J. Green through a good portion of the season.
Clint Boling: The left guard was the unheralded player on offense, but provided a steady presence. Almost every player on the Bengals’ line experienced some form of struggles, but Boling was his usual above-average self in 2018.
A.J. Green: The team’s star receiver missed what was essentially half of the entire season, but his impact was still felt in many critical areas. He was second on the team in touchdowns with six, and led the club with 77.1 yards per game.
Cordy Glenn: The Bengals’ big offseason acquisition (figuratively and literally) solidified a line that was shaky at best in 2017. Glenn had a great start to the season, but did taper off towards the middle part.
Even so, he improved towards the end of the year, where helped pave the way for three 100-yard rushing performances in the final four games by Joe Mixon. He was a huge upgrade from Cedric Ogbuehi last year.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ 2018 Offensive Player of the Year?
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