Last Thursday night might have been the ugliest and most frustrating 21-point victory in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals. Still, every win that a team gets this late in the season is most beneficial towards a playoff push. This might have been the hardest time I've had in discerning MVP's from "Unsung Hero's", but we've come up with some nominees, so here it goes.
The first we came up with was tight end Jermaine Gresham. Though A.J. Green is the superstar of the team and gets the majority of the media's attention, it's Gresham who was the leading receiver of the night with six catches for 63 yards. The major thing to note about Gresham's evening was that no other wide receiver besides Green caught a ball on Thursday night, making Gresham's role that much more important.
There's no doubt that the defense carried the night. And with that, we came up with two other nominees on that side of the ball. The first is cornerback Leon Hall. He had his first interception of the year on Thursday and it proved to be a game-changer. Hall has quietly put together a solid season, particularly in the second half of the year, and though his performance didn't jump off of the stat sheet, it was a big role in the victory.
In what is becoming a weekly standard in either awards column we post, Carlos Dunlap made this list again. He racked up three tackles and another one of his famous forced fumbles, which resulted in a turnover. Though he hasn't had the breakout year in the sacks category, he still makes impact plays and has been a major part of the defense's late-season resurgence.
Who gets your vote for the "Unsung Hero of the Week" Award for Week 15?