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Bengals vs. Chargers: What to Look For

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September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) is hit by San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas (93) and linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) as he releases the ball during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

When the Bengals Throw the Ball:

Bengals Passing Attack: 10th – 256.6 ypg

Chargers Pass Defense: 28th – 276.0 ypg

Since his 5 TD 1 INT performance against the Jets in week 8, Andy Dalton has 5 TDs and 8 INTs in the 3 games since. If there is a defense to get “right” against, this Chargers defense is perfect. After a 3 game stretch of facing the 14th, 11th and 5th ranked passing defenses in terms of passing ypg and the 9th, 2nd and 14th ranked defenses in terms of sacks, Dalton faces a Chargers defense that ranks 28th in terms of passing ypg (276.0) and 16th in terms of sacks (29).

If Dalton can’t find his rhythm against this defense, he is going to have problems finding it against any defense. Green, Jones, Sanu, Eifert, Gresham, Bernard and Hawkins ought to be able to overwhelm the guys tasked with covering them and Dalton ought to be able to expose a defense that has less interceptions than all but two teams (Jacksonville and Houston). According to our friends at ProFootballFocus, Shareece Wright and Derek Cox grade out as the worst and second worst cover corners in the NFL.

As long as the Bengals can provide a good pocket for Dalton on the road, Bengals should have a huge advantage in the passing game.

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