December 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) escapes pressure during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Behind the Numbers: Bengals vs. Chargers




After another 4-sack performance against the Chargers, Cincinnati’s defense has registered 16 sacks in the last four games after being blanked by the Denver Broncos in Week 9.



The Chargers haven’t had a 100-yard rusher this season, and they entered Week 13 ranking 25th in rushing offense. That didn’t change Sunday, as the Bengals held them to 46 yards rushing and allowed their offense to possess he ball nearly seven minutes longer than the Chargers.



The Bengals were coming off back-to-back 100 yard rushing performances for the first time this season, but they went against a Chargers defense that ranked 5th in the NFL and had allowed just one 100-yard rusher this year. BenJarvus Green-Ellis gashed San Diego for 118 yards on Sunday, including a 41-yarder, one of the longest runs allowed by the Chargers all season.


Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) recovers a fumble by San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (not pictured) during the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports


Defensive end Carlos Dunlap registered two sacks on Sunday, including a crucial strip-sack in the 4th-quarter that helped the Bengals run time off the clock and take a 20-13 lead.



The Bengals defense has allowed just tow offensive touchdowns in the last four games after they kept San Diego’s offense out of the end zone despite having two red zone opportunities. Not counting Dalton’s pick-six, the defense held the Chargers to just six points on offense.



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