After we (aka, me) needlessly complained about it last week, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is one of five players nominated for the Pepsi Next Rookie of the Week. Bernard generated 99 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown to give Cincinnati an early 7-0 lead against the Green Bay Packers.
The other nominations are:
- Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans: Hunter caught one pass for 34 yards, but it was the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of the Titans' 20-17 defeat of the San Diego Chargers.
- Geno Smith, New York Jets: Smith passed for 331 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets' defeat of the Buffalo Bills.
- Ziggy Ansah, Detroit Lions: Ansah collected two sacks, seven tackles and one forced fumble in the Lions' 27-20 victory against the Washington Redskins.
- Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland Browns: Mingo posted four tackles and one sack in the Browns' 31-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.