Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
I do enough banging on Rey when he messes up, but when he plays well, I will be the first to say so – and Sunday, Rey played well. His stats were nothing outstanding (8 tackles and 1 big hit on Qaurless), but Rey played a solid game and was in on the forced fumble on 4th and 1.
Good things happen when this guy touches the ball. 10 carries for 50 yards (5.0 ypc) and 4 catches for 49 yards (12.3 ypc) for a total of 14 touches for 99 yards (7+ yards per touch)….oh yeah, and a TD. For the first time all year, Gio had more touches than BJGE and it worked out well. I still think Gio should have 15-20 touches per game, but 14 is pretty good.
7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 4 QB hits and batted down the final pass of the game to secure the victory. That is a damn good day at the office. It is going to be tough for the Bengals not to re-sign this guy.
The #2 WR
When was the last time the Bengals got more production from their #2 WRs than they did from Green? Probably never. On Sunday, they got 7 catches for 106 yards from Sanu and Jones, compared to just 9 catches for 80 yards from Green, Gresham and Eifert combined.
If for no other reason, this is big because it shows future opponents that they have to account for Jones and Sanu as well as Green, Gresham and Eifert. Jones, Sanu and Bernard accounted for 55% of Dalton’s completions (11) and 66% percent of his yards (155 of 235), showing that the Bengals can win even without huge games from Green, Gresham and Eifert.