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Bengals’ Week 9 awards in loss to Browns

Cast your votes and sound off on your winners for the weekly awards in the Bengals’ 41-

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That was a rough one. The Cincinnati Bengals took one on the chin from the Cleveland Browns, losing at home 41-16.

Even so, there were very limited bright spots in the blowout. Cast your votes and sound off on your winners for the Bengals’ Week 9 awards!

Most Valuable Player

Joe Mixon:

It was a rough day on offense, complete with three turnovers, but Mixon had a nice afternoon. He found the end zone twice and was a threat on the ground and through the air, with 110 yards from scrimmage (64 rushing, 46 receiving) on 18 touches (13 rushes, five receptions).

Tee Higgins:

While No. 85 failed to come down with a couple of tough catches, he did step up as the team’s leading receiver this week. He co-led the team in catches with six and was alone as the leader in yards with 78.

Sam Hubbard:

The defense got torched, but Hubbard was one of the lone bright spots. He had the highest Pro Football Focus score on the team with an 82.9 score, with his four tackles, quarterback sack and three hits on Baker Mayfield putting him atop the PFF list.

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 9 MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Joe Mixon
    (131 votes)
  • 9%
    Tee Higgins
    (26 votes)
  • 36%
    Sam Hubbard
    (97 votes)
  • 4%
    Other
    (12 votes)
266 votes total Vote Now

Unsung Hero of the Week

Riley Reiff:

It was a weird day for the offensive line, as five sacks were credited to the Browns’ defense. Still, a few came from free blitzers and Reiff had a decent day—particularly with Mixon doing well on outside runs. He was the team’s highest-rated offensive lineman from a PFF perspective on Sunday with a 73.7 overall score.

Drew Sample:

In a week where we are forced to look for small victories, Sample fits that bill. After all, the “Unsung Hero” series is based on players stepping up in the wake of ineffectiveness and/or injuries to others. On a rough afternoon by the offense, Sample became a reliable target for Joe Burrow, catching three passes on as many targets for 36 yards—two of which went for first downs.

Trey Hendrickson:

It was an inconsistent day from the big free-agent acquisition, but he did get after Mayfield. He had a sack as his lone big play in the contest.

Evan McPherson:

Special teams performance wasn’t really an issue for Cincinnati on Sunday. The team’s rookie kicker hit what was asked of him, including a field goal and extra point.

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 9 Unsung Hero of the Week vs. the Browns?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Riley Reiff
    (81 votes)
  • 19%
    Drew Sample
    (38 votes)
  • 9%
    Trey Hendrickson
    (19 votes)
  • 22%
    Evan McPherson
    (43 votes)
  • 5%
    Other
    (10 votes)
191 votes total Vote Now

Play of the Game

Joe Mixon’s 11-yard touchdown run:

Burrow threw a costly pick-six on the team’s opening drive, but they went right back to work.

Tee Higgins’ 20-yard reception:

On that otherwise exciting opening drive, Zac Taylor dialed up a beauty of a play. It was a flea-flicker with a delayed wheel route to Higgins who got behind coverage and set the Bengals up nicely for what should have been emphatic opening points.

Joe Mixon’s 2-yard touchdown run:

The team’s star running back continued to show a high level of effort, even when things began to spiral out of control for the Bengals. Down 24 points, Cincinnati got some late life with a short burst by Mixon, although they failed to convert the two-point try.

Poll

What was the Bengals’ Week 9 Play of the Game?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    Joe MIxon’s 11-yard touchdown run
    (99 votes)
  • 31%
    Tee Higgins’ 20-yard reception
    (49 votes)
  • 2%
    Joe Mixon’s 2-yard touchdown run
    (4 votes)
  • 3%
    Other
    (5 votes)
157 votes total Vote Now