The Bengals entered a stretch of winnable games on their 2016 schedule in Week 7 and took care of business against the Browns. There were a bunch of obvious MVP candidates this week, but many other players contributed in a bit more of a behind-the-scenes aspect on Sunday.
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Running Back Giovani Bernard: Sunday provided one of the best performances by the team's rushing offense in quite some time. Jeremy Hill stole the spotlight with his big runs, but Bernard was also quite solid on the afternoon. He didn't have one of his trademark days in the passing game, but did finish with 17 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell: Many were skeptical of LaFell's ability to be effective in the Bengals' offense, but he's shattered those little expectations. With his 44-yard touchdown catch on Sunday, LaFell currently leads all Bengals receivers and tight ends in the statistic and finished with four catches for 80 yards along with that score.
Offensive Tackle Andrew Whitworth: After a few very disappointing weeks from the once-vaunted Cincinnati offensive line, the big Bengals leader took the team on his back. Offensive coordinator Ken Zampese wisely dialed up a number of running plays where linemen like Whitworth would pull and spring big plays like the one Hill had when he ran 74 yards into the end zone.
Offensive Guard Kevin Zeitler: As you take a look at the above video and note pulls from both Whitworth and Clint Boling, you won't readily see Zeitler's dominance on Sunday. But, if you're a fan of Pro Football Focus, Zeitler graded as the best offensive guard in the NFL this week, coming in with an 88.8 total grade by their metrics. He was also among their 10 highest graded players overall of the week. The team's ridiculous 271 rushing yards on the day point to a dominant performance by the offensive line and Zeitler proved his worth during the effort.
Defensive End Carlos Dunlap: Some players just get better with age and experience. Cincinnati's big defensive end is one of them. After making the Pro Bowl last year and breaking the team sack record, Dunlap is having a solid 2016 campaign. Dunlap had three total tackles and a sack to go with three quarterback hits, four hurries and eight total pressures. Through seven games this year, Dunlap already has five sacks.