December 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson (20) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) celebrate after an interception in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Bengals won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Despite not having their two best defensive backs last week, the Cincinnati Bengals defense was able to contain the Cleveland Browns’ offense for much of Sunday’s game, but that won’t be the case this week against the New England Patriots, who currently sport the league’s 10th-ranked offense.
The Bengals need to play better overall this week, but that won’t be enough. They need free safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Leon Hall back, and as of now, it looks like they’ll have at least one of them back: