Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) makes a catch for a touchdown a during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Marvin Jones – Jones had some big and tough catches on Sunday and none bigger or tougher than the diving one-handed touchdown catch he had to put the Bengals up 17-6. In my predictions, I said the Ravens were going to have a tough time covering the Bengals secondary passing options.
On Sunday, 8 guys not named Green caught 17 balls for 221 yards and 1 TD – most notably the 5 for 61 and 1 TD contributed by Jones.
Hawkins and Bernard in Space – It is amazing what these two can bring to the offense and even though Hawkins isn’t a huge part of the offense, his ability to take short throws and turn them into big games (like Bernard) brings a whole other level to the offense and makes this offense so hard to cover.
Hawkins – the Bengals #4 receiver – led the Bengals with 74 receiving yards on 3 catches, all of which were short throws that Hawkins turned into gains of 22, 14 and 38.
And, what seems like a weekly occurrence, Bernard took another short pass for a big gain (27 yards) on Sunday to set up what would turn out to be the game winning touchdown.
Play-Calling…at Times – At times on Sunday, I thought Gruden did a really good job with play calls. He utilized all of his weapons in the passing game – 8 players caught passes, his #4 receiver (Hawkins) was the leading receiver and he even found ways to get contributions from guys like Sanzenbacher and Charles.
Even BJGE was running effectively. Unfortunately he also got a bit too cute at times as well.