Christmas came early for Bengals fans in the form of a surprisingly dominant victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants. It was the most complete victory of the season and the most lopsided victory since the Carson Palmer-led squad of 2009 destroyed the Chicago Bears. All three units contributed to the win in some form or fashion, so there are a lot of nominees this week.
The first player that sprang to mind was center Trevor Robinson. The team attempted to get Robinson in the lineup the week before against the Broncos, but he left the game early because of injury. The coaches handed him the keys to the starting job on Sunday and Robinson played very well against a formidable Giants defensive front. He kept quarterback Andy Dalton clean all afternoon and was responsible for a number of positive plays.
Then there was Mohamed Sanu's solid day. Over the past two weeks, Sanu has started to establish himself as a solid No.2 target at the wide receiver position. Even though Jermaine Gresham has stepped up in that time as well and Andrew Hawkins makes his share of plays, Sanu looks the part and has played well on the outside of late. He made a couple of tough catches to finish with four for 47 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rushing attempt for a first down conversion as well. As our own Josh Kirkendall noted, it was more the fact that all four of Sanu's catches being clutch ones that caught our attention.
It was Adam Jones who we felt put up an outstanding performance, not only for this award but making a push for MVP as well. Aside from the enormous 68-yard punt return in the first quarter that set up a critical second touchdown for the Bengals, Jones also shined on defense. He had five total tackles and a forced fumble and helped make life miserable for Eli Manning. It was one of the better all-around performances from a Bengal in a while.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals "Unsung Hero of the Week" award for week ten?