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Leon Hall’s coverage of Randall Cobb crucial in Sunday’s win

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But the Bengals had a way of stopping him in the form of the elder Hall, who is dominant in slot-coverage:

"When the Bengals are in nickel, Hall covers the slot, where he’s taken 47 coverage snaps this year. Hall has been targeted once every 3.9 snaps in slot coverage, but his 9.4 coverage snaps per reception and 1.06 yards allowed per coverage snap are also near the top of the leaderboard. That works out to Hall allowing just 42% passes into his slot coverage to be completed for a 54.2 QB Rating."

Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) reacts after picking up a first down against the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s matchup saw Hall blanket Cobb for the majority of the game, and never let him get going. At the end of the day, the Bengals held Cobb to just five catches for 54 yards, most of which was by the strength of Hall’s coverage, and he also had a crucial interception early in the fourth-quarter. The pick came with the Bengals trailing 30-21, and with the Packers in the redzone, so needless to say, he stepped-up big-time in what will have been one of the biggest games of the year.

And regarding the status of Hall, who wasn’t on the field for the final defensive series after suffering a hamstring injury, he said after the game he expects to play vs the Cleveland Browns, but will be something to monitor this week.

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