It's time to name this week's Unsung Hero on the Bengals. We apply a few rules to these weekly award-like posts. One of which is the big effort on our end to not have the same player on the MVP and "Unsung Hero" lists. Some other things we apply to this particular feature is the notion of certain role players stepping up in the wake of injuries and/or ineffectiveness of those ahead of them on the depth chart. This sentiment took place on Sunday for the Bengals against the Chiefs.
Let's roll through the nominees of the Bengals' Week 4 "Unsung Hero of the Week" in their 36-21 win against the Chiefs. Cast your vote and sound off in the comments about your winner!
Mohamed Sanu, WR: The fourth-year wide receiver has had a quiet start to the season, but really stepped up Sunday after the Chiefs clamped down on A.J. Green and Marvin Jones had some down play. It was Sanu's time to shine and he led the team in receiving yards with 84 yards on four catches, including a 52-yard sprint. As has been the case this season, the depth on the Bengals shows up when some key players aren't having their best day.
Tyler Eifert, TE: The third-year tight end is giving his teammates, coaches and fans plenty to smile about in just four short games. Eifert started the game off with a bang on a screen pass and finished with three catches for 69 yards and was one of Andy Dalton's biggest targets on the day.
Brandon Tate, WR/KR: The embattled wide receiver had what might have been the play of the game. On a 3rd-and-11, Dalton rolled right and flung one the ball to Tate who made a spectacular diving catch. He also had the presence of mind to get up and dive into the end zone, giving the Bengals a 21-12 lead midway through the third quarter. He also had a 7-yard punt return.
Kevin Huber, P: Cincinnati's specialist is off to another Pro Bowl-like campaign and had a great afternoon on Sunday. He averaged 47.7 yards per punt, with two inside the 20-yard line. His 62-yarder was a beauty to really flip field position at the time.
Leon Hall, CB: Hall stepped up with George Iloka out and Adam Jones joining him on the sideline mid-game with a groin issue. The savvy corner helped Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick clamp down on the Chiefs' receivers and keep them out of the end zone. You might not be impressed by his three tackles, but he was solid when they needed him and is having a nice bounce-back season.
Geno Atkins, DT: It's rare that Domata Peko was the defensive tackle who got the most fanfare, but Atkins had a solid day as well. We thought Atkins might have a good match-up against Kansas City's struggling guards, and he didn't disappoint. He finished with three tackles and a sack.
Carlos Dunlap, DE: Similar to the situation with Peko and Atkins, Dunlap was a little overshadowed by Michael Johnson's afternoon. Still, Dunlap had a sack along with all of his starting line mates to go with two total tackles. Jamaal Charles had a good day, but it wasn't like other explosive days Charles is accustomed to. Dunlap and Co. were responsible for it.