Not many folks knew what to expect from the Cincinnati Bengals in Zac Taylor’s head coaching debut. The team was a huge underdog against Seattle and nearly pulled off a big upset.
Alas, the team came away with a tough loss at the hands of a Seahawks. Even so, there were many notable individual performances by Bengals players.
Cast your vote and sound off on your winner for the Bengals’ Week 1 MVP award!
Andy Dalton: Many predicted that the team’s signal-caller would have a nice renaissance under Taylor’s tutelage. Dalton finished 35-of-51 (69 completion percentage), with two touchdowns and a career-high 418 passing yards. Though he had a couple of gaffes (two fumbles and some inaccurate throws), it was one of the better performances of his career.
John Ross: Speaking of career days, Ross exploded in front of many fans who watched him dominate the Pac-12 at Washington. Ross finished with seven catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He had a couple of drops, but stepped up in a big way in the absence of A.J. Green.
C.J. Uzomah: The Bengals used both of their talented tight ends quite a bit on Sunday, with Uzomah finishing second on the team in receiving yards (66) on four catches. The big play was a 36-yard gain midway in the second quarter, which led to a Bengals touchdown.
Carlos Dunlap: The veteran defensive end was a terror on Sunday. He had big plays as a pass-rusher and run defender, continuing to cement his legacy as one of the best Bengals defensive linemen in team history. He finished with seven total tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.
Sam Hubbard: The new kid on the defensive line block had a huge day against the Seahawks. In some of his first looks as a starting player, Hubbard had two sacks and 10 total tackles.
Which Bengals player gets your vote for the Week 1 MVP?
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QB Andy Dalton
WR John Ross
TE C.J. Uzomah
DE Carlos Dunlap
DE Sam Hubbard