Cincinnati Bengals 2015 Team MVP Awards

Brendan Walker
Pro Football Spot writers and analysts took matters into their own hands and voted on which players were the MVPs on both the offense and defensive sides for the 2015 football season. | Photo Credit: &

Offensive Player of the Year: Andy Dalton

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Passing Yards: 3,250
  • Completion Percentage: 66.1% (255/386)
  • Touchdowns: 25
  • Interceptions: 7
  • Passer Rating: 106.3


“The ‘red rifle,’ as some people call him, had the best season of his career in 2015 despite missing the last three games of the regular season. Dalton skyrocketed his performance level and never looked back; all of his four previous seasons he had a quarterback rating in the 80’s, meanwhile in 2015 he topped over 100. His interceptions also decreased dramatically--Dalton’s first season with single-digit interceptions. Dalton will continue to have looks at his primary receiver A.J. Green and rising tight end Tyler Eifert while trying to repeat his stellar play from last season in 2016.”

---Brendan Walker (@b_dog_walker)


Defensive Player of the Year: Geno Atkins  

  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Solo Tackles: 31
  • Assisted Tackles: 11
  • Sacks: 11
  • Forced Fumbles: 1


“Atkins, who was easily the best pass rusher for the Bengals this season, was back near his 2012 best last season. He accumulated 11 sacks while starting all 17 games. The 27-year-old defensive tackle was a force in the heart of a strong Cincinnati defense, which ranked second in points per game last season. Some might say that Carlos Dunlap was more impressive than Atkins, but 81 quarterback pressures, which led the NFL among defensive tackles, locked this honor for the two-time All-Pro.”

---Jacob Goldstein-Street (@GoldsteinStreet)


The Cincinnati Bengals finished the regular season with a 12-4 record and will have the 24th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Brendan Walker is an NFL Analyst for Pro Football Spot. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @b_dog_walker

User Feedback

@Erick Starkey Good case made here. The only reason Dalton edged out on top was because he drastically improved. A.J. is A.J. and will always boast high production. Dalton has been mocked for being an average QB in a more than capable offense and this year he proved that he can be the guy. It's a shame that he injured himself before playoffs. 

Share this comment

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It is really great to see that Atkins has bounced back so well from his injury. And hopefully this season for Andy Dalton killed off the talk of drafting someone to replace him; people expected too much too quick. But at least his injury showed AJ McCarron can be a capable backup, with some room to grow.

Share this comment

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Draft Coverage