For our weekly MVP nominations, we gave a shout-out to the entire offensive line, which is a rarity for us in these awards to name an entire position group. The point is to nominate as many worthy Bengals players as possible, but still, it sometimes just makes sense to give the nod to a group. Cast your vote for this week's Unsung Hero of the Week and sound off on your selection for this week's winner!
RB Jeremy Hill: It's been a tough year for Hill, though he still has had that nose for the end zone. Though it wasn't the flashiest of games from the second-year back, it was perhaps his most consistent, in terms of churning out positive yardage. He had his highest single-game rushing total in 2015 with 86 on 16 carries, hitting the Rams at 5.4 yards per carry. He added a 14-yard catch and seemed far more focused than celebratory on the day.
RB Giovani Bernard: While he has been the team's leading rusher in 2015, he experienced a bit of the troubles Hill has had this year on Sunday. He had just 16 yards on 10 carries, but had two catches for 51 yards. One was a 45-yarder that ended in a fumble recovered by Tyler Eifert, but he still showed the versatility Hue Jackson loves.
WR Marvin Jones: The No. 2 wide receiver also showed his versatility similar to Bernard, gashing the Rams on both catches and carries. He had a great 30-yard run on a reverse and added three catches for 25 yards.
HB/TE Ryan Hewitt: The second-year blocker rarely shows up in the stat sheet, but did so on Sunday along with blowing up defenders as he usually does on a weekly basis. He had two nice catches for 29 yards, including a leaping 21-yarder, but also stood up Rams would-be tacklers to open up lanes, particularly for Hill.
K Mike Nugent: The veteran kicker has had brief spells where he frustrates Bengals fans, but he also has long stretches of quality kicks that often go unheralded. Fortunately for the Bengals, he's on one of those hot streaks and he had seven points on Sunday. He kicked a 21-yarder and added four extra points--no gimmes in this era of the NFL.
CB Dre Kirkpatrick: The fourth-year corner has taken his lumps in his first year as a full-time starter in 2015, but he's also had some games that greatly inspire hope for the future of his career. This Sunday, Kirkpatrick was part of a secondary who stifled the Rams offense, with ten total tackles and three passes defensed. He still has yet to get that elusive interception, but he was in the hip pocket of St. Louis wide receivers all afternoon.
S Reggie Nelson: If the veteran doesn't get a Pro Bowl nod this season, it's a crime. Nelson nabbed his sixth interception on Sunday and had two tackles. with the pick stopping a drive that would have made the game a one-possession contest right before halftime. Would you believe Nelson has 21 interceptions in his almost-six seasons with the Bengals?
S George Iloka: It was a kind of game that the few struggling Bengals players played some demons. Iloka, after a breakout campaign in 2014, had yet to create a turnover this year, but got off the schneid against the Rams. After batting passes away this season and largely limiting big pass plays throughout the year, Iloka grabbed an interception and four total tackles.