Most of the time when we do the Unsung Hero award here at Cincy Jungle, it's more about nominating performances from Bengals players that may have gone overlooked in that particular week. However, on the occasions where the Bengals have a truly dominant performance, it sort of becomes a secondary MVP-type of situation.
Many of the skill positions on offense had big days, but the defense also had a good afternoon, holding the Eagles to just 14 points--mostly late in the game. Because of the amount of solid performances, we have a number of nominees for the Unsung Hero of Week 13. Who gets your vote?
Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell: After a season of ups and downs, LaFell had his best game as a Bengal against Philadelphia. He made a number of solid catches, mostly highlighted by a nice toe-tap touchdown catch in the red zone. LaFell finished with five catches for 95 yards and the touchdown. He now leads the team with five on the year.
Running Back Jeremy Hill: It wasn't a banner day for Hill, but he did get a tough touchdown run on the afternoon. Yards seemed tough to come by, as he only netted 33 yards on 23 carries, but it was that score that puts him on this list. He also added two catches for 12 yards in the passing game.
Tight End Tyler Eifert: Eifert's nomination on this list is akin to Hill's appearance on it. Eifert only had two catches on the afternoon, but once again got into the end zone. He has touchdown receptions in the past two consecutive games and finished with two catches for 25 yards and the 13-yard score against the Eagles.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict: Some could say that Burfict's snub on our MVP award is sacrilege, but his massive presence on Sunday didn't go unnoticed. The Pro Bowl linebacker had 15 total tackles, 10 of them solo, and had two interceptions of rookie Carson Wentz.