This week's Cincinnati Bengals MVP race is shaping up to be a one-horse show, as Jeremy Hill is grabbing the lion's share of your votes. There are a number of qualified nominees for the Unsung Hero weekly award, so this one should be a bit more tight of a result.
Cast your vote and sound off on your winner of the Bengals "Unsung Hero of the Week Award"!
Giovani Bernard, RB: Though he sat and watched his rookie counterpart have a huge day, Bernard himself amassed 103 total yards on the day. Most were on the ground (79), but he also had three catches for 24 yards. His 5.3 yards per carry was the second-best he's had this season and was a good complement to Hill's more physical style.
Ryan Hewitt, FB/TE: Not only did Hewitt do his usual fullback role on Sunday, but he also chipped in at tight end because Jermaine Gresham sat with a toe injury. He had three catches for 34 yards and should have had another longer touchdown catch, if not for a poor throw from Andy Dalton that instead became an interception. Hewitt was part of a crew that was pushing Cleveland defenders back all afternoon to the tune of 244 rushing yards by the team.
Kevin Zeitler, G: Honestly, you could pick any lineman this week to go on this list. For the sake of time and my own sanity, I went with Zeitler because of his +5.4 Pro Football Focus overall grade in the game. It was the best game of his career, from a PFF standpoint, as he had never graded above +4.0. He and his linemates were absolutely mauling people in the running game.
Wallace Gilberry, DL: Again being a solid rotational guy up front, Gilberry was a force on Sunday. He had three tackles, one of which was a huge borderline sack, where he read the read-option that was coming to perfection.
Adam Jones, CB: Pacman's kick return duties were taken away from him because Terence Newman was out of the lineup and, well, the Browns kicked off once the whole game. He still made an impact though with a tackle and a big interception of Johnny Manziel in the end zone right before halftime.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB: Again because of the Newman injury, Kirkpatrick was also able to see more time at corner. He wasn't credited with a tackle, but did have a quality interception where he showed off his speed in the second quarter. The pick led to a field goal and a then 20-0 lead before halftime.
Brandon Thompson, DT: Thompson was a force up front with two tackles, one being a sack. The sack of Manziel was a highlight-reel one, as he grabbed the rookie by the jersey with one hand and lassoed him to the ground.
Reggie Nelson, S: I've never counted, but it feels like Nelson is and/or should be one of the most frequently nominated Bengals for this weekly award. He had four total tackles, one being a crucial stop on an early third down, where Manziel tried to scramble to convert.
Geno Atkins, DT: Big Geno had one tackle, but he made it count, as it was another Manziel sack. He, along with others, were a force up front that limited the Browns to just 53 rushing yards, 80 net passing yards and five total Cleveland first downs on the day.