The stars have aligned, dear readers. With the Cincinnati Bengals having a bye this week right in the middle of the season, it’s the perfect time to make our midseason picks for team MVPs. We’ll start with the offense. Blog creator Nate and writer Chris give their takes on who’s played the best on the Cincinnati Bengals’ O.
Cincinnati Bengals MVPs – Offense
Chris: This was a real back-and-forth decision for me. Ultimately, though, I’m picking Andy Dalton over A.J. Green. They’ve both played fantastically. But Dalton gets the nod because he’s balled out while captaining the ship. He’s thrown for 2,349 yards (4th in the NFL) and has a 98.0 QBR while being sacked 25 times. He has eaten the turf more than anyone not named Andrew Luck. Yes, he’s only tossed 9 touchdowns. But that’s par for the course when you have no Tyler Eifert to give you options down the middle. Now that Eifert is back and the running game is starting to gel, that will take pressure off Dalton – which will really allow him to shine.
Nate: This one was a no-brainer for me. While I’ve been impressed with how Andy Dalton has played during the first 8 games of the season for the most part (he has performed close to the way he did last season with less talent around him) I have to go with A.J. Green here. The 5-time Pro-Bowler has taken his game to another level and I believe that he is the best wide receiver in the NFL right now at this very moment. After 8 weeks Green leads the NFL in receptions (59) and receiving yards (896), he is on pace to finish the season with 118 catches for 1,792 yards and 6 TD’s at the moment. If he stays on that pace he would also surpass previous Bengals records for receptions and yards in a season. Earlier this week retired Bengals great Chad Johnson made it clear that he felt that Green is the greatest receiver in Bengals history and I think I agree with him.