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Earning their Stripes: Bengals Defensive and Special Teams MVPs

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Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya (25) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Taylor Mays (26) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Mays. DC Mike Zimmers genius to fold Mays into a nickel linebacker is nothing short of brilliant. The altering and salvaging of a first round talent that many wanted to cut at the beginning of the season was not only good for Mays but also for the Bengals after the loss of Emmanuel Lamur.

Almost overnight, Mays was able to step into a relative foreign role. His loss for the year will show on the field, and with coverage linebackers now tapped out on the roster, DC Zimmer might have to make some major defensive changes to keep pace.

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This again is a toss-up. So many good players who are making statements on a good team. There is, however, only one choice, Giovani Bernard.

Gio, out of the University of North Carolina has certainly provided the offense with spark and is a nightmare out of the backfield. Bernard has also become a fantasy favorite across the NFL and as the year goes on should become more and more involved in the offensive game plan. Bernard is becoming a breakout star in the NFL and not just on the Bengals.

Not since James Brooks has the Bengals offense benefited from such an explosive offensive weapon out of the backfield.

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