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Bengals Week 7 awards from 41-17 win over the Ravens

Good times.

NFL: OCT 24 Bengals at Ravens Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

What a game, as the Cincinnati Bengals have become the national darlings for at least this week. Zac Taylor’s crew dominated the game—particularly in the second half—and they are in control of both the division and the conference, for the time-being.

There were many great individual performances and plays in which to nominate this week. Cast your vote and sound off on your winners!

Most Valuable Player

Joe Burrow:

“The franchise” went into Baltimore and threw for a career-high 416 yards and three touchdowns. He had a bad red zone interception and started the contest off slowly, but he picked apart the Ravens, using five different targets.

Ja’Marr Chase:

What more can you say about “Uno”? He has the highest amount of receiving yards ever for a player through their first seven games and has stuck in other categories with the likes of Marvin Harrison and Randy Moss. Chase finished with eight catches on 10 targets for 201 yards and a score.

C.J. Uzomah:

Burrow should be on the short list for NFL Comeback Player of the Year, but No. 87 should be in consideration, as well. Aside from ascending as a locker room leader, Uzomah has been a constant on-field force. Against Baltimore, he had three catches for a whopping 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Trey Hopkins:

It’s been a bit of struggle for Hopkins, as he has tried to come back from a knee injury suffered in the final week of the 2020 season. However, in the team’s most important game of the year thus far, Hopkins posted a solid 79.2 Pro Football Focus pass-blocking score.

Sam Hubbard:

The veteran edge defender was omnipresent in this one. He had five total tackles and was credited with 2.5 sacks. The entire defensive line played well in this one.

Trey Hendrickson:

The Bengals’ big-ticket free agent had a good game with a sack on Lamar Jackson, two additional pressures and one total tackle.

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 7 Most Valuable Player?

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Joe Burrow
    (675 votes)
  • 36%
    Ja’Marr Chase
    (494 votes)
  • 7%
    C.J. Uzomah
    (96 votes)
  • 0%
    Trey Hopkins
    (10 votes)
  • 3%
    Sam Hubbard
    (51 votes)
  • 2%
    Trey Hendrickson
    (32 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (7 votes)
1365 votes total Vote Now

Unsung Hero of the Week

Joe Mixon:

It was tough sledding for most of the day for No. 28, but he was a big part in wrapping up this one with a big statement in the second half. He was the team’s leading rusher with 12 carries for 59 yards, which included a 21-yard scamper for a score.

Samaje Perine:

After last week’s Chris Evans breakout game against the Lions, Perine was written off by many in Bengals nation. How did Perine respond with a return from the COVID-19 list?

He had a couple of solid runs to get to 57 and a touchdown, while adding an early 23-yard reception. Oh, and he was seen doing work in pass protection and on special teams.

Quinton Spain:

The veteran guard continues to quietly play well up front. He had a solid 77.3 pass-blocking grade this week and has been the most consistent lineman (albeit by a thin margin) on the team this year.

Eli Apple:

What a turnaround it’s been for the veteran corner the past few weeks. No Ravens receiver had more than 80 yards receiving in the game and it was Chidobe Awuzie who was on coverage on the Marquise Brown touchdown grab.

He didn’t make any huge plays this week, but is improving in the wake of the loss of Trae Waynes. Apple has improved his PFF score from 36.5 in the first three weeks, to 67.6 the last four games.

D.J. Reader:

While we can and should gush about the additions of Larry Ogunjobi, B.J. Hill and Hendrickson, getting Reader back healthy this year has been, pardon the pun, MASSIVE. He only had two tackles on Sunday, but a lot of his contributions aiding in the production from others.

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 7 Unsung Hero?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Joe Mixon
    (160 votes)
  • 8%
    Samaje Perine
    (89 votes)
  • 30%
    Quinton Spain
    (328 votes)
  • 12%
    Eli Apple
    (134 votes)
  • 31%
    D.J. Reader
    (341 votes)
  • 1%
    Other
    (18 votes)
1070 votes total Vote Now

Play of the game

Evan McPherson’s 52-yard field goal:

In a game with so many points and big plays by the Bengals’ offense, it’s hard to remember the impact of Cincinnati’s first score. It was a day where coaches were hesitant to go for long kicks, but the McPherson was called upon for a biggie early on and nailed it from deep.

C.J. Uzomah’s 55-yard touchdown catch:

Perhaps the most impressive thing about this play, aside from the nimbleness shown by No. 87 was how Burrow was able to bounce back from a cheap shot and deliver a strike for a big touchdown in back-to-back snaps. Uzomah continues to step up as a major weapon in the offense with two explosive games against the Ravens and Jaguars, respectively.

C.J. Uzomah’s 32-yard touchdown catch:

After Jackson launched a rocket of a touchdown to Brown, the Bengals needed a response after losing the lead. Burrow found Uzomah again, to grab a lead they never again relinquished.

Ja’Marr Chase’s 82-yard touchdown catch:

What else is there to say about this kid and this specific play? Rivaling the importance and awe-inspiration from A.J. Green’s amazing catch on this same field six years ago, Chase completely turned the tides in this contest with this one we’ll be seeing for quite some time.

Defensive stop in fourth quarter:

After Burrow’s red zone interception, Baltimore had new life down just 10 points. Cincinnati’s defense had allowed them in the end zone once in the second half already, so this becoming a one-possession contest was a stunning reality. Instead the Bengals’ defense stopped the Ravens on downs to get the ball back and start the seal-the-deal process.

Joe Mixon’s 21-yard touchdown:

Even after the big defensive stop, the game was still in theoretical grasp if the Bengals didn’t capitalize. Instead, they handed the ball to their bell cow back and let him put an exclamation point on this one. Mixon took a physical 21-yard run to the house to make it 34-17 with 9:24 left in the game.

Samaje Perine’s 46-yard touchdown run:

If Mixon’s run wasn’t enough of a statement, then Perine’s was a big one. It wasn’t maybe the most important play of the game, but likely the most emphatic. Perine shot 46 yards to the end zone as the Bengals made a second AFC North physical statement after putting it to the Steelers a few weeks earlier.

Poll

Which gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 7 Play of the Week?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Evan McPherson’s 52-yard field goal
    (5 votes)
  • 9%
    C.J. Uzomah’s 55-yard touchdown catch
    (56 votes)
  • 2%
    C.J. Uzomah’s 32-yard touchdown catch
    (14 votes)
  • 76%
    Ja’Marr Chase’s 82-yard touchdown catch
    (471 votes)
  • 9%
    Defensive stop in fourth quarter
    (56 votes)
  • 1%
    Joe Mixon’s 21-yard touchdown
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Samaje Perine’s 46-yard touchdown run
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (1 vote)
618 votes total Vote Now