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Bengals’ Unsung Hero of the Week in loss to 49ers

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Though it wasn’t a very pretty result for Cincinnati, a handful of Bengals players’ positive contributions went overlooked in the team’s blowout loss in the home opener.

San Francisco 49ers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

It’s hard to know where the Cincinnati Bengals are at as a team right now. After feeling pretty good about themselves from a close Week 1 loss, the squad looked completely unprepared for the 49ers.

Still, there were a handful of players who contributed to the team’s effort. Some were more of the spotlighted MVP ilk, while others were a bit more behind-the-scenes.

For those unfamiliar with this award, it gives a nod to players whose performance may have gone unnoticed for a myriad of reasons. It also honors players who positively stepped up for another in the wake of an injury.

Cast your vote and sound off on your winner for the Bengals’ Week 2 Unsung Hero of the Week!

John Miller: For you Pro Football Focus nerds out there, Miller had a nice grade on Sunday against the 49ers (85.6). It went unnoticed because of the overall issues displayed by his linemates, but he has been a relatively-steady presence up front.

William Jackson: The veteran corner had an interception in the second quarter, which should have made the game far more interesting, given that he returned it to the 49ers’ 30-yard line. Unfortunately, it didn’t net any points, but Jackson did have a tackle on the day as well.

Darius Phillips: Phillips hasn’t been featured much on defense, but has taken the primary role as the team’s kick returner. As such, he averaged 25 yards per return, including a nice 37-yard scamper.

Kevin Huber: Would it surprise you to know that the Bengals’ have the top-rated punter in the league right now? Huber had another solid game on special teams, booming five punts for a 45.2-yard average. He only had one kick land inside the San Francisco 20-yard line, but that was in part from the offense’s struggles to maintain drives.

Poll

Who gets your vote for the Week 2 Bengals Unsung Hero of the Week?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    John Miller
    (161 votes)
  • 13%
    William Jackson
    (60 votes)
  • 5%
    Darius Phillips
    (24 votes)
  • 33%
    Kevin Huber
    (146 votes)
  • 9%
    Other
    (43 votes)
434 votes total Vote Now