The last time that running back Giovani Bernard played the Baltimore Ravens, the rookie generated 95 yards of total offense, including an 18-yard touchdown reception with 8:30 remaining in the fourth, reducing Baltimore's 14-point lead to one possession. And he did that a week after injuring his ribs against the Miami Dolphins.
Through 15 games this season, Bernard has generated 1,136 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns. A ninja-like running back that avoids tackles like an obsessive compulsive's fight against germs, Bernard is second on the team with 51 receptions.
And the Ravens are completely aware of him.
"I think he’s a hell of a player," Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith said via the Baltimore Sun. "We saw that the first time we played them. They get him the ball in a bunch of different ways. When he gets the ball in his hands, he lights up. We got our work cut out for us."
Lewis, who is quick to compare Bernard to Baltimore's Ray Rice, sings Giovani's song.
"Gio has been outstanding for us," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday. "He’s been able both to carry the ball as a rusher and make plays as a receiver out of the backfield. He’s been really dynamic for us. He’s converted short gains into longer gains, and he’s made the tough runs. He has really done a nice job all season."