Bengals Grades: Week 8 Grades at Steelers

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Nov 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) kicks a forty-four yard field goal from the hold of punter Kevin Huber (10) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Bengals won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams: B

Mike Nugent kept the Bengals into this game making three of four field goals, with one being blocked. He had the Bengals within one point going into half time. His kickoffs caused doubt in Dri Archer‘s mind which caused him make some bad decisions and gave the Steelers poor field position a few times in the game.

Kevin Huber punted four times and put three of them within the 20 yard line, giving the Steelers poor field position. The return game was decent with Adam Jones returning two punts for 33 yards. Tate was good on both kick returns he made, bringing them both out for 52 yards total, and set the Bengals up past their twenty yard line.

Coaching: C+

The offensive play calling was probably the worst I have seen since last year. Your best running back didn’t see action until the fourth quarter. Your other running back was barely averaging 4 yards per carry thanks to a 15 yard run and a 12 yard run making up 27 of his 60 yards on 15 carries. A.J. Green was getting respect for the deep ball and they went short, but only 8 targets for Sanu and Jones.

Paul Guenther was the boost in this game with his defenses play. The defensive coaching pulled the grade up from the D+ the offense would have gotten to the C+. The defense alone earned a B+ with a main drop for the broken coverage on both Brown’s touchdown and Bryant’s middle of the field catch in the final minute of the fourth quarter to push them into the red zone. Don’t forget about Heath Miller eating the middle of the defense alive with 105 yards. Still a solid performance by this defense.

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