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Bengals Grades: Week 8 Grades at Steelers

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Nov 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson (20) returns an interception as he is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Safety: A-

Two interceptions for Reggie Nelson, one in which set up the winning touchdown. He had two pass deflections and five solo tackles in keeping Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant in check. It was arguably his best game so far this season and certainly his most impactful one. Shawn Williams even had impact with one interception, one tackle, and a pass deflection. George Iloka was not as active on the stats sheet but played a vital role with four solo tackles and two pass deflections.

Keeping receivers at bay and not allowing the Steelers to get something deep down the field and keeping the ball in front of them, with only two plays that broke down coverage, once with Heath being open in the middle of the field in the third, and then Bryant on a slant late in the fourth before Ben threw the ball away to end the game.

Cornerback: B+

Antonio Brown had a mediocre game against the Bengals secondary. The only player that seemed to eat the defense in the passing game was Heath Miller, who had 105 yards on ten catches. Heath Miller should have been covered up by a safety or corner but most of the responsibility fell on the linebackers who could not cover Miller.

Adam Jones and Leon Hall both played a veteran role with five tackles a piece and three deflections between the two of them. Dre Kirkpatrick had three tackles of his own and had key coverage on the drop by Martavis Bryant, luckily the flag was picked up and no pass interference was called, which would have been very boarder line to begin with.

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