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Vontaze Burfict - Overall Game Grade - A
Vontaze Burfict, the undrafted free agent rookie, led the Bengals in tackles on Sunday with a total of nine.
Burfict was all over the field in both the running game and the passing game as he was once again a solid open-field tackler.
Burfict was a force in holding the Raiders backs to short gains and was also great in coverage as he held his own when dropping back. When Burfict was in coverage he was a sure tackler and never allowed his man to get yards after the catch as he was always seen in perfect position.
Manny Lawson - Overall Game Grade - B+
Manny Lawson has been relatively quiet at linebacker this season and did not put up gaudy numbers today with only two tackles on the day.
However, Lawson was disruptive when it counted. He recorded one of the Bengals four sacks against Palmer and also had a forced fumble to his credit.
Lawson is proving to be a good situational linebacker for the Bengals and brings a solid amount of veteran experience to the corps.
Rey Maualuga - Overall Game Grade - B-
Rey Maualuga had one of his better games this season on Sunday as he recorded six tackles and also recovered a Carson Palmer fumble to give the Bengals offense great field position in the fourth quarter.
Maualuga did a nice job against the run today by staying in his lane and getting off of blocks quickly to help make tackles.
Rey has done a nice job since losing weight this season to help him play faster but needs to improve on wrapping up ball carriers to make solo tackles. At this time it seems as though he still needs help from teammates to bring down a ball carrier.