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CINCINNATI (7 - 4) at SAN DIEGO (5 - 6)
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Week 13 Sunday, 12/1/2013 4:25 PM
Board OpenLatest
446SAN DIEGO4548.5
CINCINNATI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-4+2.56-46-425.012.5364.5(5.5)2.018.710.2313.1(4.8)1.8
Road Games2-4-2.91-43-219.78.5389.8(5.6)2.221.810.7324.8(5)1.0
Last 3 Games1-2-1.51-21-126.011.3351.0(4.6)3.020.713.3288.0(4.3)2.7
Grass Games0-3-4.10-21-115.76.7357.0(5.2)
CINCINNATI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)25.012.519.932:2229-108(3.7)23-3761.6%257(6.9)66-365(5.5)(14.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.912.219.431:4228-111(4)21-3659.4%232(6.5)64-343(5.4)(14.4)
Offense Road Games19.78.521.233:5728-105(3.8)26-4261.3%285(6.8)70-390(5.6)(19.8)
Defense (All Games)18.710.217.830:0126-102(4)22-3957.6%211(5.4)65-313(4.8)(16.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.211.419.630:6026-104(4)23-3859.5%243(6.4)64-347(5.4)(15.6)
Defense Road Games21.810.718.330:2529-103(3.5)22-3661.0%222(6.1)65-325(5)(14.9)
CINCINNATI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-535.7%1-030.0%3-63(23.2)2-14(7.2)4-44
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-536.6%1-045.8%2-57(22.9)24-2(10.7)6-53
Stats Against (Road Games) 16-742.9%0-066.7%2-58(24.8)2-6(3.6)4-48

SAN DIEGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-6-1.36-45-624.511.0407.4(6.4)1.223.611.5389.4(6.7)0.8
Home Games2-203-12-224.212.5368.0(5.8)0.522.213.7357.5(6.2)1.0
Last 3 Games1-2-1.21-21-225.78.7418.3(6.6)0.328.715.0378.3(6.8)1.3
Grass Games5-6-1.36-45-624.511.0407.4(6.4)1.223.611.5389.4(6.7)0.8
SAN DIEGO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.511.023.832:4128-110(4)26-3670.9%297(8.2)64-407(6.4)(16.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.612.120.831:4328-117(4.2)22-3661.7%250(7)64-367(5.8)(14.9)
Offense Home Games24.212.521.233:3130-117(3.9)22-3367.7%250(7.5)63-368(5.8)(15.2)
Defense (All Games)23.611.521.427:5223-113(4.9)24-3567.9%277(7.9)58-389(6.7)(16.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.411.619.930:4126-114(4.3)22-3661.3%238(6.6)62-352(5.6)(15.1)
Defense Home Games22.213.720.226:2821-92(4.5)26-3770.3%265(7.2)58-357(6.2)(16.1)
SAN DIEGO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 11-439.5%1-042.9%4-112(25.1)1-11(7.6)6-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.5 14-537.9%1-039.0%3-62(24)19-2(8.4)6-53
Stats Against (Home Games) 10-335.0%0-050.0%4-107(26.7)2-19(9.4)5-40
Average power rating of opponents played: CINCINNATI 19.5,  SAN DIEGO 17
CINCINNATI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013NEW ENGLAND13-6W2W45.5U39-16220-27-179218-8218-38-1662
10/13/2013@ BUFFALO27-24W-5.5L41O41-16526-40-318132-13019-32-1921
10/20/2013@ DETROIT27-24W2.5W45.5O18-5724-34-364025-7728-51-3570
10/27/2013NY JETS49-9W-6.5W40.5O25-7919-30-323124-9323-37-1472
10/31/2013@ MIAMI20-22L-3L42P35-16332-53-302430-15720-28-1881
11/10/2013@ BALTIMORE17-20L2L43.5U31-12024-51-244330-8520-36-1043
12/1/2013@ SAN DIEGO            
12/15/2013@ PITTSBURGH            

SAN DIEGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013@ OAKLAND17-27L-6.5L46.5U19-3236-49-391528-10418-23-1950
10/20/2013@ JACKSONVILLE24-6W-7W44U40-15822-26-276017-7823-36-2751
11/3/2013@ WASHINGTON24-30L2L49O16-6929-46-341240-20923-32-2911
11/17/2013@ MIAMI16-20L-3L44.5U26-15422-34-281119-10422-35-2391
11/24/2013@ KANSAS CITY41-38W3W43O27-10427-39-387018-11426-38-2812
12/8/2013NY GIANTS            
12/12/2013@ DENVER            
12/29/2013KANSAS CITY            
CINCINNATI: The Bengals have grown into offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's zone-blocking scheme nicely. Their offensive line, one of the NFL's best, should continue to improve this season. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should continue to take the majority of the work on first and second down. Rookie Giovani Bernard will be a change-of-pace and passing down back, although he could end up sharing that role with fellow rookie Rex Burkhead, who's considered to be more advanced in pass protection. Gruden runs a West Coast offense, but it's a passing game that attacks downfield much more aggressively than most WCOs. Andy Dalton is a shaky decision maker with accuracy that comes and goes, but his willingness to let A.J. Green make plays in traffic is what makes this offense go. Green does most of his work on the perimeter and deep. The second read is usually slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, and they run some designed plays to get TE Jermaine Gresham the ball. Their No. 2 receiver is rarely used, and Bernard figures to be the only back that does more than pass protect. The Bengals were balanced in the red zone last year, including a 50/50 run/pass split in goal-to-go situations. This underrated defense placed sixth in the NFL in total defense (320 YPG allowed) and ranked third in the league with 51 sacks, thanks to DT Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks) and DE Michael Johnson (11.5 sacks). In the second half of 2012, the Bengals allowed a paltry 12.8 PPG with 19 forced turnovers and three defensive touchdowns. New OLB James Harrison is familiar with AFC North opponents, and will help groom young LBs Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga. The strong front seven allows the secondary to go after the football, collecting nearly as many INT (14) as TD passes allowed (16) last year.
SAN DIEGO: New head coach Mike McCoy oversaw more of a one-cut running scheme in Denver, but he'll probably adapt to the power personnel he has. He rotated a stable of backs with the Broncos, and it looks like a similar situation in San Diego. The perennially disappointing Ryan Mathews will take the bulk of the early down reps, but he'll be spelled early and often. Danny Woodhead will take most passing downs and get some take-what-they-give-you runs when teams send out extra defensive backs. Ronnie Brown's only real value is as a pass protector, and Le'Ron McClain will be primarily a lead blocker again. McCoy and new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt both have a background based more in the vertical passing game, so the Chargers air attack shouldn't change much. Philip Rivers is at his best getting the ball deep up the seam, and Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd should continue to see a lot of work there. McCoy plans on being more creative with Antonio Gates, who will continue to line up in a number of spots as a flex tight end. They will likely use either Eddie Royal or rookie Keenan Allen in the slot, though Rivers doesn't use slot receivers much. McCoy and Whisenhunt historically like to keep the ball on the ground in the red zone, and Mathews should get goal-line carries. The Chargers had seven defensive touchdowns last year, but in effort to generate more pressure (two sacks or less in 11 games in 2012), DE Dwight Freeney (107.5 career sacks) was signed. Bigger sack numbers are also expected from third-year pro DE Corey Liuget (7 sacks). But having the NFL's second-easiest schedule, plus adding shutdown CB Derek Cox and rookie LB Manti Te'o to incumbent standouts FS Eric Weddle and ILB Donald Butler makes defensive coordinator John Pagano's 3-4 scheme one to respect.
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(UPDATES with Baltimore winning)

*Bengals-Chargers Preview* ==========================


The Cincinnati Bengals are back from a late-season bye week and ready to begin a five-game stretch to close out the AFC North.

A road win Sunday over the San Diego Chargers would go a long way to further staking their claim on the division.

The Bengals (7-4) are tied with Dallas for the worst road record in the NFL among teams with a record of .500 or better. They're 5-0 at home but 2-4 away from Paul Brown Stadium with consecutive overtime defeats in Miami and Baltimore. A third straight road loss Sunday would allow Baltimore to creep within a game of the division lead.

A victory would leave Cincinnati in a much more comfortable position, up two games with four to play and the only road game in that span coming at Pittsburgh.

"We have five games to really make a run and put our name out there," wide receiver Marvin Jones said. "The bye week was a big help. I've never had a late bye week like that. We're ready to make this last push and go for it all."

That push begins with a healthy middle linebacker. Rey Maualuga missed the last three games with a concussion and an injured left knee, but he has been practicing this week and is expected to play.

The Bengals entered the bye in high spirits after their 41-20 home win over Cleveland on Nov. 17. Their 31-point second quarter set a franchise record, and all three phases contributed to the scoring - two touchdowns on offense, one on a fumble recovery by the defense, one off a blocked punt return and a field goal.

The offense, however, has been on a disturbing trend, held below 270 total yards in three straight games.

Andy Dalton has thrown eight interceptions in that span, including two in the first quarter to the Browns that led to a 13-0 hole.

"Everybody throws interceptions from time to time," offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. "If you're going to play quarterback, you're going to throw an interception from time to time. You can't dwell on it, you've got to move on and figure out a way to win the game.

"... But obviously eight interceptions in three weeks is too many."

Dalton's 15 picks are tied for third in the league, though he also enters Week 13 as one of six quarterbacks with over 20 touchdown passes (21). He wasn't sacked against Cleveland after going down 10 times in the previous two games, but his 93 passing yards marked the first time this year he was held under 200. He's completed 47.4 percent of his throws in the last two games after connecting on 64.8 percent in the first nine.

The Chargers are one of six AFC teams at 5-6 and looking to gain footing in the race for the last wild-card spot. They play four of their last five games at home, though that hasn't meant a lot recently. They're 5-7 at Qualcomm Stadium since the start of 2012.

A 41-38 win at Kansas City last Sunday ended a three-game losing streak. Philip Rivers connected with Seyi Ajirotutu on a 26-yard touchdown with 24 seconds remaining to complete a game-winning and potentially season-salvaging drive.

"It's the kind of win that can save the season," Rivers said. "That doesn't mean it saved it, but it certainly kept it alive."

San Diego would welcome its defense to do some of the saving going forward. The Chargers have allowed 29.0 points per game in the last four weeks, which ranks 27th in the league.

They're allowing an AFC-worst 389.5 yards per game.

"We've made changes before," first-year coach Mike McCoy said. "We're going to let the DBs compete this week and we'll find out what we think is the best combination for us. We're going to do what's best moving forward."

That could just be relying on Rivers, given the Dec. 1 date of the game. Since becoming the starter in 2006, Rivers is 26-5 with a 99.5 passer rating in December. The win total is tops in the league in that time and the rating trails only Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

The Bengals, however, have won their last two games against Rivers and the Chargers, both of which came in December.

San Diego leading rusher Ryan Mathews left last Sunday's game with a hamstring injury but is listed as probable.

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Last Updated: 4/26/2018 11:42:41 PM EST

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