Earlier today, Jason posted all of our Bengals weekly MVP picks from their victory last Sunday. So,with that it's the time of the week again where we here at Cincy Jungle honor some players for their contributions this past Sunday that may have been overlooked. These are the players who were omitted from our weekly MVP feature, but still deserve to be recognized. So, let's go over the]is week's nominees for our "Unsung Hero of the Week Award".
This week's award could have gone any number of ways, much like the MVP award. A lot of players made key plays in the team scoring seventeen unanswered points in their impressive comeback victory. We narrowed it down to some nominees and one final winner.
One of our past winners, wide receiver Andre Caldwell, quietly had a solid game. With five catches and what became the game-winning touchdown, he contributed to another very efficient day from quarterback Andy Dalton. What marred his day was a dropped pass over the middle after taking a hit, as well as only racking up 22 yards on those five catches.Jerome Simpson also made some plays on Sunday, with three catches for 43 yards and an important late touchdown. But like Caldwell, Simpson dropped some frustratingly easy passes, making us wonder if his head is where it should be given his legal situation. While he also was a deserving candidate, we decided to go another route with this week's award.
We've decided to give the "Unsung Hero of the Week Award" for Week Nine to the tandem of tight ends of Donald Lee and Colin Cochart. While part of the idea behind this weekly posting is to recognize those snubbed for our MVP award, it also is to give a shout out to those who personify "the next man up". The 2011 Bengals squad seems to embody this concept and these two tight ends stepped up huge with the absence of the great Jermaine Gresham. The Titans were said to have been defensively weak in guarding the middle of the field and both Lee and Cochart took advantage.
Cochart had his first two catches on Sunday, one of which being an important early touchdown reception to put the Bengals back in the game. As Dalton bought time, Cochart sat open in the endzone and made a nice diving catch. Lee, a nominee for this award last week, had another solid game adding three catches for 49 yards. One of his catches came on a screen pass and he scrambled 26 yards with it, to make a big play out of nothing for two consecutive weeks.
So, congratulations to Lee and Cochart for winning this week's award. Who would get your vote?