First, Maroney is the only NFL, starting caliber back on the roster right now. (I do not count Faulk, b/c he is invaluable in his role, and we cannot risk him by running him 20 times a game). Sammy Morris is not coming back. That leaves Heath Evans and Kyle Eckel. Fine players no doubt, but do you think BB wants to leave the ground game in their hands in the playoffs??? I assume you answered 'no' to that question. If no, then why would BB have Maroney playing in a 42-7 game? To prove that he is a "number 1 back" to the likes of Danny? Therefore, the idea that he was benched or hurt is preposterous. Second, I would imagine that the statistics bear out that running backs gain a much larger percentage of their yards in the second half, after the D has tired out. Maroney is not getting the benefit of those easy yards b/c of the unique circumstances surrounding the 2007 Patriots offense. The point is, Maroney is not playing for precisely the opposite reason that has been suggested - i.e., he is TOO valuable.