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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Defense/Special Teams

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The Good

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber (10) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Huber – Punters are often overlooked and under-appreciated. Not Huber, and not here. On Sunday, he averaged 47.3 yards per punt, put another inside the 20, and had arguably the play of the game when he dropped a 45 yard punt at the Lions 6 yard line. It was this punt that lead to Detroit’s conservative play calling on their last drive – which eventually led to the Lions crappy punt – and eventually led to the Bengals ability to kick a game winning FG. We will all remember Nugent’s kick, Green’s big plays, the blocked FG, but let’s not forget Huber’s clutch punt.

Special Teams – Sunday was a perfect display of how important special teams are. That game was won by the Bengals special teams – Nugent’s FG, the blocked FG, and Huber’s end of the game punt, and lost by the Lions – blocked FG, terrible punt at the end of the game. Outside of Nugent’s missed field goal earlier in the game, this was a great day for special teams.

This hit by George Iloka:

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) loses his helmet while being hit by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) and strong safety George Iloka (43) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Iloka has become one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the NFL. To think he was able to knock Lions receiver Calvin Johnson so hard that he was able to dislodge his helmet from him shows just how powerful his hits are.