The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Week 16

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Defense – The defense did not play bad in Pittsburgh, but they never made a play either. They made lots of plays on Sunday, starting with the first series of the game when the Bengals had a strip sack of Cassel and returned it inside the 5.

With 3 interceptions, 1 fumble, 4 sacks, 6 QB hits, 10 passes defensed and only 209 yards surrendered, the Bengals defense may have had their best game of the year. The Vikings ran 48 plays on Sunday. Two of those plays covered 71 yards (both TDs).

The other 46 yards covered just 138 yards (3.0 yards per play).

Reggie Nelson – Nelson seemed to be everywhere on Sunday. His stats don’t accurately portray the impact he had on that game (5 tackles, 1 pass defensed) – Nelson helped getting pressure on Cassel and had a huge (and clean) hit on Simpson on the sideline.

Vinny Rey – Why does he not start? Every time the guy plays, he produces. In limited playing time, Rey had 1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed and 1 INT…which he returned for a TD.