Did the Bengals really deserve that win against the Lions on Sunday? No matter, I think that everyone will take it and relish the team's solid 5-2 start. So many players, particularly on offense, made plays to help the team's cause and ride out a topsy-turvy 27-24 win.
We've already let you sound off on the shining stars of the game with MVP nominations, but now it's time to pull back the curtain and give credit to those who didn't have the spotlight shine on them. We are going to nominate a group of Bengals players who should be getting their deserved credit for their contributions. Cast your vote and sound off on who you think should be the Week Seven "Unsung Hero of the Week Award" (Editor's Note: These nominees are almost always ones who were not on the MVP List.)
Marvin Jones: For the second straight week, the second-year receiver had a touchdown reception and made plays to help out the passing game. Jones is starting to become one of Andy Dalton's favorite targets and had four catches for 57 yards. The touchdown catch was a thing of beauty, both on the throw by Dalton and the body control by Jones. He already has tripled his season total for touchdowns from his rookie year and currently has three in 2013.
Tyler Eifert: For all of the frustrating things that Jermaine Gresham did in this game, his tight end counterpart in Eifert played well on Sunday. He had a couple of short catches, but had a great touchdown catch which was a display of his athleticism and pass-catching ability. His touchdown was the first by a tight end this season and hopefully it's a sign of more to come. Eifert finished with three catches for 45 yards, including the 35-yard touchdown.
Carlos Dunlap: Not only did Dunlap continue his solid play on defense, but he also had one of the plays of the game on special teams. Late in the second quarter, the Bengals were on their heels as the Lions set up for a field goal to potentially take a 13-7 lead. Instead, Dunlap broke free, blocked the attempt and swung the momentum back to the Bengals. Reggie Nelson scooped up the fumble and ran it to the Lions' 40-yard line to set up points and get the Bengals back into the game with a 14-10 halftime lead. Defensively, Dunlap finished with five total tackles and two other quarterback hits.
Kevin Huber: Yes, punters are players too. Huber is putting up a quality season and last Sunday in Detroit was no exception. He booted four punts for 189 yards and a 47.3 average. His final punt was a thing of beauty at a critical point in the game, pinning Detroit at their own six-yard line when they were hoping to have a game-winning drive. The punt also helped the Bengals when they received the ball back with a little over 40 seconds.
Giovani Bernard: It wasn't the flashiest of games by Bernard, but he made some plays to help out the offense. The rookie back amassed 29 yards on the ground (with a 3.9 average) and added another five catches for 32 yards. He has been a nice outlet for Dalton in the passing game and sparked the running game as well.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals Week Seven 'Unsung Hero of the Week Award"?