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Aqib Talib: A-
Talib's job wasn't to shut down A.J. Green, it was just to contain him. He held the polished Green to just four catches on his watch—another win against a top-level receiver.
Alfonzo Dennard: A-
Dennard didn't have a ball thrown in his direction on Sunday, which is always a good sign for a defensive back. Talib and Dennard are really starting to find a rhythm this season.
Devin McCourty: B+
McCourty gave up a couple of passes in his areas, but his tackling was sound as usual. The continuity with him at safety this year has led to an improved defense overall in New England.
Steve Gregory: B+
Gregory just keeps doing his job. He rarely does anything spectacular—unless Mark Sanchez is around—but his fundamentals keep the Patriots defense running smoothly.
Kyle Arrington: C-
Arrington was a key part of the nickel defense and held his own in the run game, coming up with four big tackles. Unfortunately, Andy Dalton was a perfect 5-of-5 throwing in his direction.
Duron Harmon: C+
Harmon filled in for Steve Gregory and the injured Tavon Wilson on a handful of plays. He doesn't look lost on the field, which is a big step for a rookie to take in Coach Belichick's defensive system.
Logan Ryan: I
Ryan logged only four snaps in the game, seeing some work in sub-packages.