What can you say about Mohamed Sanu that hasn't already been said?
In the three games that A.J. Green has missed, Sanu has averaged six catches/game and 99.7 yards receiving. When Cincinnati has needed a big play, they've called Sanu's number (with Indianapolis being the obvious exception). Against the Baltimore Ravens, Sanu recorded career highs in yards receiving (125), yards rushing (27) and yards from scrimmage (152).
He's a passer, a receiver and a runner.
Sanu had a hand in the biggest plays recorded by Cincinnati's offense on Sunday. His 53 and 48 yarders were the game's longest plays.
With 13:27 remaining in the first quarter, Andy Dalton overshot Sanu's slant. The third-year receiver extended his right hand and deflected the football into his grasp. Then he launched into sprinter-mode, concluding the 48-yard gain at the Ravens 18-yard line.
"I was trying to snag and it slipped out when I was squeezing it. I was just able to stay with it and come down with it," Sanu said via Fox Sports Ohio.
Andy Dalton scored several players later on a quarterback sneak, giving Cincinnati a 7-0 lead. Considering that the Bengals were shutout against the Colts (who gave up 51 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday), it was a comfortable feeling for the offense to find their confidence again.
Flash forward to the 3:48 mark in the fourth quarter. The Bengals, down 24-20, have third and 10 from their own 20-yard line. It was a big play... if not the biggest.
Dalton took the shotgun snap and scrambled up-field. Sanu, who ran an out-and-up down the left sidelines, broke free from cornerback Dominique Franks and successfully navigated around safety Terrence Brooks, who didn't turn around until the football was near Sanu. Sanu stumbled a handful of yards to the Ravens 27-yard line, completing the 53-yard reception.
Are you kidding me? Sorry. Felt like I was watching it for the first time, again.
"Andy was able to get the ball out. He put it up and I knew that I had to grab it," Sanu said via Fox Sports Ohio. "He (Brooks) was a little behind me and I was able to work around him and get to the ball."
Cincinnati scored the game-winning touchdown several plays later.
And when he's not catching footballs, he's recording career-high rushing attempts. With 13:43 remaining in the third quarter, Cincinnati called a reverse (Dalton -> Giovani Bernard -> Sanu) that gained 26 yards down the left sidelines.
Cincinnati would score another touchdown later in the possession, taking a 14-6 lead early in the second half.
The lesson from Sunday... when Sanu has a big play, the Bengals score touchdowns.