We could give our weekly game ball to the entire defensive front, notably for their efforts in completely neutralizing Seattle's rushing offense. Additionally three of the team's four quarterback sacks came from defensive linemen, with the fourth coming from safety Chris Crocker. But we hate doing that. It seems lazy and generic. Who specifically performed on Sunday that changed the balance of the game? Brandon Tate would be a good one, but we're also not into giving our two weekly awards to the same player for roughly recognizing the same play.
This week we're giving the award to Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap.
Along with recording a ridiculous eight quarterback pressures, Dunlap posted his first quarterback sack this season on Sunday, forcing the Seahawks to punt deep inside their own endzone with 3:39 remaining in the game. It was the play preceding Tate's 56-yard punt return. That being said, Dunlap was essentially a wrecking machine, knocking down the quarterback five times (per NFL.com), not including his quarterback sack late in the game. While the sack numbers have yet to show up, his performances this year has to make one believe he's well on his way to becoming one of the league's elite pass rushers and a huge fan favorite.
Week Two Against Denver: Quarterback Andy Dalton
Week Three Against San Francisco: Defensive End Jonathan Fanene
Week Four Against Buffalo: Place Kicker Mike Nugent
Week Five Against Jacksonville: Tight End Jermaine Gresham
Week Six Against Indianapolis: Quarterback Andy Dalton
Week Seven (Bye Week): Bengals Owner Mike Brown