Bengals star fast, but tied with Chargers at half

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Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) scores during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals started today’s game against the San Diego Chargers great, as they controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball early. The offensive line opened up big lanes for both Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who just punched the ball into the endzone from the SD-3 yard-line tho give the Bengals an early 7-0 lead.

But it was done so with a make-shift offensive line, that’s already without starting right guard Kevin Zeitler, and for whatever reason, right tackle Andre Smith did not get the start today:

The issue was compounded even further when starting left guard Clint Boling was knocked out of the game with what looks to be a significant knee injury. He was on the field for a while after his leg was rolled-up, and he was eventually helped off the field.

The team later announced his return was questionable, and he’s came back into the game yet. After that, the Bengals would offense would stall, and Rivers began catching fire before hitting tight end Ladarius Green in the second quarter to tie the score at 7-all, which is where we stand at the half.

The one drive the Bengals did start to move the ball from their own 4-yard line ended with Andy Dalton throwing an interception to safety Eric Weddle, but the defense kept San Diego from scoring on the drive.