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Posts Tagged ‘Johnathan Joseph.’

Bengals lose to Baltimore; make AFC playoffs as sixth seed with Clements as key figure

 

Nate Clements Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Bengals lost their final game to the Baltimore Ravens, the team still will be amongst the top 6 in the AFC Playoffs next weekend as the sixth seed.

The Bengals received help on Sunday when the Jets, Raiders and Broncos all lost but they earned the wildcard spot in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tennessee Titans, the only other AFC team with that same record of 9-7. The Bengals beat the Titans at Tennessee in November, 24-17. That’s why every game in the NFL is important.

They’ll be traveling to Houston to play the 10-6 Texans who they lost two three weeks ago in the final seconds.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who is from the Houston area, is 3-0 in Reliant Stadium home of the Texans. He played there during his college career at TCU.

Cincinnati defied all the odds playing with a rookie QB and won 9 games even after trading away veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.

One of the reasons the Bengals made the playoffs was the play of former Ohio State defensive back Nate Clements, who they signed in the off-season to release Johnathan Joseph who bolted for Houston after the team had a losing season in 2010.

The 32-year-old native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, had never made the playoffs as his career has taken him to Buffalo and San Francisco after being drafted in the first round at #21 by the Bills in 2001.

Clements felt the Bengals, even being a young team had a chance at the playoffs and he was right.

The 2011 free agent signee who has been a standout player in the Cincinnati secondary this season, missed only one game with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on December 1.

After sitting out the December 4 Pittsburgh game, he has been back at the Left cornerback spot the past three games against Houston, St. Louis and Arizona.

Clements was not fully healed for the December 11 game vs. the Texans, and he had just one tackle in very limited action. But returned to his big-play capabilities on December 18 at St. Louis, and also on December 24 vs. Arizona.

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Clements has made big plays all season:

* On October 16 against Indianapolis, he blocked a 52-yard FG attempt by Adam Vinatieri with 5;43 to play. Also in the opening quarter of the game, he forced a fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark.

* On October 30 at Seattle, Clements stopped a two-point try by stripping the ball from WR Ben Obomanu in the end zone.

* On November 6 at Tennessee with under four minutes to play, and the Bengals up 21-17, Clements separated TE Jared Cook from the ball and recovered it at the Titans 20. From there, the Bengals scored a field goal for the final margin of 24-17.

* On November 27 vs. Cleveland, with the score 20-20, Clements ripped the ball away from WR Greg Little for an incompletion which would’ve given the Browns a first down. It forced the Browns to kick a 55-yard field goal which missed and the Bengals started their game-winning drive on their 45-yard line.

* On December 18 at St. Louis, Clements was responsible for making four, huge third down plays that caused the Rams to punt on three of them and kick a field goal on another.

* On December 24, against Arizona, his second-quarter interception against John Skelton set up the Bengals TD drive for a 17-0 lead.

With Right cornerback Leon Hall going down with an injury a few games ago, the free agent signing of Clements has been huge for Cincinnati’s defense.

 

 

NFL:Bengals blow 28-7 lead; Browns lose in final minutes

BUFFALO BILLS 49  CINCINNATI BENGALS 31

Ryan Fitzpatrick (file photo)

Former Bengals backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick matched his career-high with four touchdown passes during the Bills biggest comeback in 13 years, and Buffalo (2-8) won their second game in a row in a row. The game was played in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Bengals seemed to be in control  after CB Johnathan Joseph’s interception return put them up 28-7 in the second quarter.

The smallest crowd of 55,654 since 2003, saw the 2-8 Bengals collapse like the Great Wall.

WR Steve Johnson caught three of Fitzpatrick’s touchdown passes.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 24  CLEVELAND BROWNS 20

Maurice Jones-Drew (file photo)

Maurice Jones-Drew followed a 75-yard reception with a 1-yard dive into the end zone with 1:16 left in the game to give the Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4) a win despite committing six turnovers.

The Browns (3-7) had a chance to win on their final possession, but Colt McCoy’s pass to Mike Bell at the goal line was tipped.

compiled from NFL news

Bengals get Reggie Nelson from Jacksonville to shore up defensive backfield

The Cincinnati Bengals acquired safety Reggie Nelson from Jacksonville in exchange for cornerback David Jones and a conditional draft pick in a trade on cutdown Saturday in the NFL.

The Bengals are hoping that Nelson will shore up their safety corps that has been weakened when Gibril Wilson injured his left knee ligaments and was placed on injured reserve. Nelson started 42 games during his three seasons with the Jaguars, but after a stellar rookie season where he intercepted five passes, he only produced two in the next couple of seasons combined.

Reggie Nelson (NFL)

David Jones (NFL)

Jones has been primarily a reserve cornerback with the Bengals, who had claimed him off waivers in 2007 from New England, who had drafted him in the fifth round that same year. He filled in for an injured Johnathan Joseph in the starting lineup for seven games in 2008, his only starts in three years with Cincinnati. Jones has no interceptions in his NFL career.

compiled from Cincinnati Bengals & Jacksonville Jaguars news

Bengals give Pacman Jones a chance and a 2-year deal

compiled from staff and wire reports

Adam "Pacman" Jones (nfl)

Adam “Pacman” Jones agreed to a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, putting the controversial and troubled defensive back on a team with a history of giving players a second chances.

Jones, who was released by the Cowboys after the 2008 season and didn’t play in 2009, worked out twice for the Bengals this offseason, including Tuesday. He was selected by Tennessee in the first round of the 2005 draft, but has struggled to stay on the field because of his repeated arrests.

The 26-year-old Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season and for six games with the Cowboys in 2008 for vilating the NFL’S conduct policy.

He will be joining one of the NFL’s top defenses and defensive backfield’s which includes Johnathan Joseph, Leon Hall and Morgan Trent.

The defense finished fourth in the league in 2009, one of the reasons Cincinnati won the AFC North with a 10-6 record.

Bengals bring in Pacman Jones for second tryout

compiled from staff and wire reports

Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has received a second look from the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, a strong indication that the team with a history of trying to rehabilitate troubled players might be considering its next  project.

Cincinnati had not make a formal contract proposal as of Tuesday night, agent Tom Hunter told media outlets.

The Bengals are a handful of teams that have shown an interest in Jones, who was released by the Cowboys after the 2008 season and didn’t play in 2009. Only 26 years old, Jones has seen his career hit rock bottom because of his repeated arrests.

Adam "Pacman" Jones (nfl)

Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season and for six games with the Cowboys in 2008 for violating the NFL’s conduct policy.

Jones went to West Virginia University along with late Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. He and Henry got into so much trouble with their teams, that commissioner Roger Goodell toughened the league’s disciplinary policies

The Cincinnati Bengals have one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL  in Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall, who had six interception apiece last season. The defense finished fourth in the league, one of the main reasons Cincinnati won the AFC North with a 10-6 record.