The Cincinnati Bengals took a rough loss on Sunday to their bitter rivals at home. As they look to turn the page to the Cowboys, we’re still taking a look in the rear view mirror.
Cast your vote and sound off on your winners for the Bengals’ awards in Week 1!
Most Valuable Player
The team’s starting running back did a lot of the dirty work and exuded a lot of the required attitude in beating the Steelers. He finished with 145 yards from scrimmage (82 rushing, 63 receiving) on 34 total touches (27 rushes, seven receptions).
The second-year star receiver had an excellent day. He finished with 10 total catches for 129 yards and the game-tying score at the end of regulation.
Cincinnati’s defense was stout throughout the entire contest and Hill was one of the major standouts. He was the lone Bengals defender to net a quarterback sack and was part of the solid effort against the Steelers’ run offense, finishing with three total tackles and the sack.
Another solid performer on defense, Pratt was a constant presence. He finished with eight tackles, including one for loss.
We’re going to get a little weird here, but sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. When Harris went down with a torn bicep late in the game, Cincinnati’s kicking game went awry, ultimately costing them the game. Get well, Thor.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ MVP in Week 1?
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Unsung Hero of the Week
Unfortunately, “Mr. Reliable” had to leave late in the game with cramps. That’s not to say he didn’t leave an impression, though. He had the big two-yard touchdown to spark the comeback, along with three other catches for 31 more yards.
While we clamored for some Chris Evans sightings, Perine stepped in with 37 total yards (four rushing, 33 receiving). He was also valuable in pass protection at times, picking up defenders getting into the backfield.
The team’s new tight end emerged later in the game and came up with a couple of huge plays. Hurst did some quality work on third downs, finishing with five catches for
The veteran defensive back had a nice afternoon, wherein the Bengals’ defense stymied the Steelers’ passing offense. Apple allowed just two catches for eight yards Sunday, while also adding in two total tackles.
Like Hill, Reader was his usual, solid self in the middle of the defensive line. While his stat line wasn’t gaudy (two tackles and one for loss), he was a quiet force for Cincinnati.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 1 Unsung Hero of the Week?
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Play of the Week
Evan McPherson’s 59-yard field goal:
Though the day didn’t end well for the Bengals’ special teams unit, but McPherson did have a trademark moment early in the contest. Cincinnati desperately needed points and went with a deep kick, which the second-year kicker nailed.
Evan McPherson just SMASHED this 59-yard FG— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 11, 2022
The longest in @Bengals franchise history.
Tyler Boyd’s two-yard touchdown reception:
After a couple of field goals by McPherson, the Bengals’ offense was sputtering. But, they put together a nice drive late in the third quarter, capped by a dart of a score to Boyd.
Touchdown. Tyler Boyd!— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 11, 2022
Two-point conversion succeeds. Steelers 17, Bengals 14.
Game on!! pic.twitter.com/SjWfHY1DEi
Mike Thomas’ two-point conversion reception:
Cincinnati needed to get the game within a field goal after the Boyd score. Joe Burrow hit Thomas at the left side of the end zone to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 17-14.
Joe Burrow to Mike Thomas for the 2 pt conversion#Steelers 17 #Bengals 14 3rd pic.twitter.com/WBtSYxlUTS— Sᴘᴏʀᴛs 24/7 (@Sports_24x7_) September 11, 2022
Ja’Marr Chase’s six-yard touchdown reception:
Cincinnati appeared to have the game wrapped up with a game-winner at the final gun. Burrow hit Chase to the right side of the end zone to tie the game up, 20-20.
JA’MARR CHASE TIES IT.— Covers (@Covers) September 11, 2022
The Steelers block the PAT though.
We’re headed to OT. pic.twitter.com/QlqArxpx9S
What gets your vote for the Bengals’ Play of the Week vs. the Steelers?
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Evan McPherson’s 59-yard field goal
Tyler Boyd’s 2-yard touchdown catch
Mike Thomas’ two-point conversion
Ja’Marr Chase’s six-yard touchdown catch