Since we have already rolled out the nominees for this week's MVP award and your votes have been tallied, it's now time to look at some others worth mentioning. This week's "Unsung Hero of the Week Award" features some of the Bengals' more prominent roster names, which is a nice change-up from the norm.
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Giovani Bernard, RB: Hue Jackson and Co. haven't thrown Bernard right back into the fire since missing three games with a couple of injuries, but he's getting work with Jeremy Hill. Bernard was the team's leading rusher on Sunday and it seemed like he was gashing the Tampa Bay defense on most of his 10 runs on the afternoon. He finished with 49 yards on the ground (4.9 yards per carry average) and one catch for four yards.
James Wright, WR: The rookie receiver out of LSU strikes some as a guy that coaches just love. He'll do the dirty work on special teams, but also has stepped up when injuries and ineffectiveness have hit the receiver corps. Wright led the Bengals in receiving yardage on Sunday with 59 through the air on three catches. The highlight was his 30-yard tight rope act on a third and 11 late in the fourth quarter. He also added a six-yard run on a carry.
Geno Atkins, DT: With each passing week, the "Old Geno" looks to be closer to resurfacing. Atkins only had half a sack and two tackles on Sunday, but was continuously disruptive. He had another sack that was negated by a face mask penalty and was a force against the run.
Jermaine Gresham, TE: "The Villain" keeps doing the subtle things that are suddenly making him a weekly nominee for this award. He had five grabs for 33 yards and was a helpful blocker in a lot of different scenarios.
Jeremy Hill, RB: Hill had one of his lowest yards per carry averages of the season on Sunday (3.1), but he still managed to be effective in spots. He had 40 rushing yards and another four catches for 12 yards. He is showing that he indeed is a big guy with the ability to catch.
Vincent Rey, LB: The former backup-turned-starter-because-of-injury is making the most of his opportunities while on the field. Initially, Rey was acting more like a reactive linebacker, allowing the play to come to him, however in recent weeks, he's shown more of a nose for the football at the line of scrimmage. He helped stifle the Bucs' running attack and had seven total tackles, tying the team lead with Carlos Dunlap.