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Who Deserves MVP for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012?
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The Bengals moved up in ESPN Power Rankings from #22 in Week 9 to #11 heading into the playoffs.

The Cincinnati Bengals 2012 season was full of highs and lows.

It started with an embarrassing loss to the Ravens on Monday Night to start the season. They followed that up with three straight wins before losing three in a row heading into the Bye Week. After the week off, Cincinnati rallied the troops and capped their  season with a 7-2 run to finish 10-6. 

Throughout the ups and downs, many of players stepped up when needed. Some were consistent all year, while others tailed off. It begs the question, who was the Bengals Most Valuable Player this year?

Given the defensive resurgence the second half of the season, it would seem fitting that a defensive player be selected Bengals MVP. However, on the other side of the ball, A.J. Green had a record-setting season earning him a start in the Pro Bowl later this month.

However, Green can't catch the ball without someone throwing it to him. Dalton can't throw without protection and the passing game is completely ineffective without a sound running attack.

Arguments can be made for myriad Bengals players to earn MVP, but here are my top five picks.

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