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Cincinnati Bengals Grades: Week 9 vs. Browns

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) get pressured by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Safety: B+

What to say about the job that Reggie Nelson and George Iloka did to keep big plays short and momentum with the Bengals. Iloka had four tackles on the night, including a big open field collision with Browns running back, Isiah Crowell, who would have been gone, if not for Iloka’s tackle.

Nelson’s night was quiet on the stats sheet, but made a huge covering impact. The coverage by the Bengals defense was superb and impacted Johnny Manziel‘s capability to find receivers down field. Although there were no interceptions or turnovers by either side, they contained a injury thinned Browns team and won a game in primetime.

Cornerback: B+

It is incredibly hard to find a problem with this group when Leon Hall, Adam Jones, and Dre Kirkpatrick all have impressive coverage nights. Leon Hall made a great timing play on third and short to kill second half momentum. He recorded two solo tackles and that key pass deflection.

Dre Kirkpatrick dropped what would have been the only turnover of the night in the fourth quarter, and had open space to take the ball down field. He had a solid coverage night with five tackles of his own. Adam Jones had two pass deflections and stayed penalty free as he recorded only one tackle. Dwayne Bowe and Gary Barnidge were accounted for almost the entire night thanks to the Bengals corners.

Next: Linebacker

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