Cincinnati Bengals: Week 10 Grades vs. Texans

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Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) celebrates with teammates during the game against the Houston Texans in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Safeties: B+

I think

George Iloka


Reggie Nelson

not only had the biggest role in the defensive performance but they lived up to the need for coverage, especially with

Dre Kirkpatrick


Adam Jones

looking at each other on blown assignments over

Nate Washington


George Iloka led the team in tackles with eight total and had one tackle for a loss. Reggie Nelson had two pass deflections along side his seven tackles on the night. The Bengals did not loss anything on defense, they were in the game until the end because of them, especially Iloka and Nelson. The only thing that would have been better is if they would have made an interception or turnover that wouldn’t have ended the half, but they can’t do everything.

Cornerbacks: C+

The blown coverage on the sideline wasn’t the only time Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick haven’t been on the same page. Adam Jones was on the coverage for

DeAndre Hopkins


T.J. Yates

found him for the touchdown. The second half saw more coverage issues than the first, with Hopkins, Washington, and

Cecil Shorts

III all seeing effective ball movement opportunities.

A stupid penalty for illegal use of hand to the face hurt the Bengals on a third down play that would have caused a four and out, but Kirkpatrick did and the drive luckily ended in a punt. That seemed to be the theme for the Bengals team and it hurt the Bengals in the end.

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