Key to the Game:
The Bengals pass defense. I don’t think the Chargers can have sustained success against this Bengals defense on the ground. Therefore, if the Bengals can get pressure on Rivers, and/or frustrate his receivers, I don’t see the Chargers being able to keep up with the Bengals. If the Bengals cannot get to Rivers and struggle covering Rivers weapons (particularly Gates and Woodhead), this could be a long day for the Bengals on the West Coast.
Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (right, 20) intercepts a pass intended for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) as he is defended by Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) during the fourth quarter to seal the 20-13 victory for the Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
I think the Bengals know how important this game is and expect a more focused and efficient offense coming out of the bye week (both in the pass and run game). I don’t think the Chargers have a defense that can slow the Bengals offense. I see the Bengals winning in a high scoring and entertaining game. Essentially sealing the AFC North for the Bengals and dealing a huge blow to the Chargers playoff chances.
Bengals 34, Chargers 24
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