We have already looked over the names for the weekly MVP candidates, so now it's time to vote for the guys who did the work behind the scenes. The Bengals' victory against the Texans was truly a team effort, again signaling the re-grouping session that apparently took place after their embarrassment at the hands of the Browns.
Cast your vote for the winner of this week's "Unsung Hero of the Week Award" and sound off on the reasoning for that vote!
Emmanuel Lamur, LB: The rangy outside linebacker had eight total tackles on the day and was very active in pursuit. He was part of a linebacker group that held Alfred Blue to just 46 yards on the ground and 189 through the air by Ryan Mallett.
Carlos Dunlap, DE: Dunlap continues to be one of the only consistent Bengals pass rushers, as he had the team's only sack on the day. He had five total tackles and is putting together a very solid season, despite a lack of pass rushing help around him.
Jermaine Gresham, TE: The fifth-year tight end contributed in the passing game with four catches and 33 yards, but it was something else that he excelled at on Sunday that went largely unnoticed. The Bengals asked more blocking of Gresham in the running game, particularly when Andre Smith went down, and he responded. Some of the better runs on the day by either Giovani Bernard or Jeremy Hill were sprung by Gresham seal blocks on the outside.
Mohamed Sanu, WR: While Green had a monster day with his 12 catches, Sanu quietly had a solid day. He had five grabs for 48 yards and a hard-fought touchdown reception in the first quarter. Perhaps his best play of the day though, came in the fourth quarter when he made a diving, contested 10-yard catch for a critical first down on third and nine. The drive culminated in a big Mike Nugent field goal.
Marshall Newhouse, OT: It wasn't the prettiest of efforts by Newhouse on Sunday, but he filled in for Smith at right tackle and still limited NFL darling, J.J. Watt to no huge plays. A fair share of the time, Newhouse used Watt's aggressive pass rush style against him, shoving him out of the play.
Giovani Bernard, RB: Though he didn't have a great yards per carry average on the afternoon, Bernard did have a 19-yard run and made a couple of plays in the receiving game. He combined to have 67 yards rushing and receiving on the day.