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Cincinnati Bengals: 2016 Season Awards

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) takes the field during player introductions prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) takes the field during player introductions prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

The MVP of the 2015 season is a hard choice. There has been so many great individual seasons by these Bengals’ players. For example, before Andy Dalton got hurt against Pittsburgh, he himself was in the league MVP race. There was a time this season when Dalton was first in just about every statistical category for a quarterback while also riding on an undefeated season. On the other hand, A.J. Green has been fantastic as always and then again Geno Atkins played like a defensive player of the year.

However, I believe the true MVP this season was none other than Andy Dalton. While I fully understand that Dalton missed the last four games of the season including the playoff game, what he did prior to his injury and how the team looked after, puts him above his teammates on the MVP rankings.

Dalton threw for 3,250 yards, 25 touchdowns and had a quarterback rating of 106.3 in 12 games. Dalton ended his season with a better passer rating than Cam NewtonCarson Palmer, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. Ironically, all these players made it to the pro bowl over the Red Rifle. The other reason why Dalton is the MVP, is because of how Cincinnati played without him.

With Dalton, the Bengals went 10-2 only losing by a total of 7 points. Without Dalton, the Bengals went 2-3 and struggled to move the offense. While McCarron played well, the offense really struggled without the presence of Dalton. I personally believe if Dalton was still in the lineup, Cincinnati would still be currently playing.

MVP: Andy Dalton

Next: OPOY

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