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Joseph's big pick sparks Bengals to upset win against Steelers

Here's a look at the good and bad from USC, Clemson and area players in the NFL:

Vikings WR Sidney Rice (Gaffney, USC): He can now tell future grandchildren that he caught a touchdown pass from the legendary Brett Favre. The two connected on a 30-yarder Sunday to open the scoring in a 27-24 victory against the 49ers. Rice's reception total (four) and receiving yards (56) each surpassed his game highs from last season.

He also was the subject of a prank two weeks ago by star running back Adrian Peterson, who took Rice's new Maserati from the team parking lot following practice, leading Rice to initially believe it had been stolen.

Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph (USC): The veteran began the season by shutting down Denver's Brandon Marshall and shutting out Green Bay's Greg Jennings. But in Sunday's upset of the Steelers, Joseph got burned a couple of times in the first half by unheralded rookie Mike Wallace, including a 51-yard pass that set up a field goal. Joseph not only got his redemption but also sparked his team's comeback, when he intercepted Ben Roethlisberger on the first pass of the second half and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown, the third of his career.

Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh (Gaffney): He continued to be one of the few bright spots on a Redskins team that helped end Detroit's 19-game losing streak Sunday. McIntosh was in on seven tackles and also forced his second fumble of the season. His 18 tackles ranks third on the team.

Bears CB D.J. Moore (Broome): The rookie has been on the team's inactive list for all three games, but he wasn't at the bottom of the defensive backfield's pecking order. The Bears released cornerback DeAngelo Smith on Tuesday after claiming him off waivers from Cleveland prior to Week 2.

Browns RB James Davis (Clemson): He was so impressive during the preseason (24 carries for 186 yards while showing quick knowledge of his blocking responsibilities), that some observers felt he might steal some carries from starter Jamal Lewis when the games counted. But Sunday, with Lewis inactive, Davis totaled only five carries for 10 yards while fourth-year back Jerome Harrison had 16 carries for 52 yards and caught five passes for 33. Davis has totaled nine rushes for 15 yards and caught four passes for 4 yards.