Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) tries to leap over Green Bay Packers free safety M.D. Jennings (43) at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 34-30. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
After getting shut-out of contention for a weekly award in Week 2 after his breakout performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, the NFL didn’t overlook the rookie running back out of North Carolina twice, as Giovani Bernard also received a nomination for the Pepsi Next Rookie of the Week award.
Bernard rushed for 50 yards and scored a touchdown while adding four catches for 49 yards in leading the Bengals to a 34-30 victory, and has been crucial to the team’s 2-1 record.