OPOW: Tony Pollard, RB
This one was very difficult to pick for a very different reason than last week. Never would I have ever thought choosing between Noah Brown and Tony Pollard, in any case, would be this difficult, yet here I am. I ended up choosing Pollard for this week’s Offensive Player of the Week simply because he affected the game not only in the run game but in the passing game as well.
After a not-so-great Week 1 for the RB2, Pollard had a lot more success against the Bengals, finishing with 98 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. As I said before, he performed well in both the run and pass game, having 43 yards on the ground and 55 through the air.
Runner-up: Noah Brown
DPOW: Trevon Diggs
The Defensive Player of the Week award was also very difficult to choose this week, as several players (other than Parsons), had great weeks, including Dante Fowler, Dorance Armstrong, and Leighton Vander Esch. However, Trevon Diggs wins the award this week.
There was a lot of talk about Diggs and his matchup with Ja’Marr Chase and how Diggs wasn’t “technically-sound” and that Chase was going to have a huge game against him. Well, that was not the case. Diggs shut down the Bengals WR1, holding him to just two catches for 14 yards on three targets.
While No. 7 held his own against Chase, he also made what was essentially the game-saving tackle on third-down against Tyler Boyd as well. No, he didn’t record an interception, but he certainly deserves much praise for how he handled the Cincy wideouts.
Runner-up: Dorance Armstrong, DE