ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 18: Nate Clements #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals sacks Kellen Clemens #10 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bengals beat the Rams 20-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green posted 115 yards receiving on six receptions. Running back Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott contributed towards Cincinnati's two touchdowns. Brandon Tate had perhaps the most electrifying play of the game, returning a third quarter punt 56 yards to St. Louis' 24-yard line where the Rams were flagged for a personal foul, pushing Cincinnati's offense to the 12-yard line. Three plays later the Bengals took a 13-6 lead with 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter. If we handed out a play of the game award, Brandon Tate gets it without question. None of them are getting our Game Ball of the Week Award.
This week we're giving this week's game ball award to Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Nate Clements. Along with a huge tackle on third and one that stalled a St. Louis possession in the first quarter, Clements added a quarterback sack in the third quarter that forced the Rams to punt. Clements also tackled Steven Jackson for a two-yard loss on third and one in the second quarter, but the play was negated following an Adam Jones face mask.
Of Nate Clements seven tackles, two were for loss, including a quarterback sack and another quarterback hit to go along with a tremendous overall performance. Though he allowed five receptions, he only allowed one reception that registered more than 10 yards.
Week Two Against Denver: Quarterback Andy Dalton
Week Three Against San Francisco: Defensive End Jonathan Fanene
Week Four Against Buffalo: Place Kicker Mike Nugent
Week Five Against Jacksonville: Tight End Jermaine Gresham
Week Six Against Indianapolis: Quarterback Andy Dalton
Week Seven (Bye Week): Bengals Owner Mike Brown
Week Eight Against Seattle: Defensive End Carlos Dunlap
Week Nine Against Tennessee: Defensive End Carlos Dunlap
Week Ten Against Pittsburgh: Linebacker Manny Lawson
Week Eleven Against Baltimore: Wide Receiver Jerome Simpson
Week Twelve Against Cleveland: Wide Receiver A.J. Green
Week Thirteen Against Pittsburgh: Offensive Tackle Anthony Collins
Week Fourteen Against Houston: Guard Bobbie Williams And Linebacker Rey Maualuga
Week Fifteen Against St. Louis: Cornerback Nate Clements