In a sport that embraces "team wins" and celebrates collective contribution, it's only right that we honor more players in a win than just the MVP's. That is what the Cincy Jungle "Unsung Hero of the Week Award" is about: tipping the cap to players who made critical contributions, but perhaps lie on the outside of the MVP tunnel vision scope.
There are a lot of worthy names this week, so cast you vote and sound off on who you think this week's winner should be!
Giovani Bernard, RB: Yes, he only had 45 rushing yards and a 2.8 yard-per-carry average. But Gio just kept plugging away and grabbed tough yards against Baltimore, which is usually a theme against their defense. He added a critical touchdown early in the third quarter that helped the Bengals get out to a then-comfortable lead.
Adam Jones, CB/KR: It seems that the Bengals' coaching staff is finally catching on to Jones' abilities as a return man. Since his big play against Carolina, Marvin Lewis has allowed Jones to return more kicks than he has in years past. Jones did pretty well again in that regard on Sunday, registering a 31-yard-per-return average on three tries. He also added a third quarter interception on defense that led to what seemed like a game-sealing field goal.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB: The Bengals were undoubtedly relieved to get Lamur back into the lineup after they had to play with three backups in the unit last week in Indianapolis. Lamur made his presence known early in the third quarter when he stepped in front of a Joe Flacco pass for an interception. The play led to Bernard's aforementioned touchdown and was a big momentum-swinger in that quarter. He also added five total tackles.
Greg Little, WR: One of our goats from last week stepped up pretty big against the Ravens. Ability and measurables were never the question with Little--it was always about the hands and concentration lapses. Fortunately for Little and the Bengals, those didn't pop up on Sunday--actually quite the opposite. Little had three big catches for 42 yards and actually had a touchdown opportunity, but Andy Dalton overthrew him in the end zone. it was a nice redemption game for a guy who just joined a team.
Kevin Huber, P: Though he had far fewer kicks this week than the franchise-tying 11 he had against Indy, Huber made the most of them. He had one downed inside the 20-yard line and had a 46.3 yard-per punt average. The Ravens' returner, Michael Campanaro, only had eight yards on two returns and that had a lot to do with Huber's hang time on the kicks.