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Cincinnati Bengals vs San Diego Chargers: Position by Position Preview

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Line Backers:

The Chargers 4 starting line backers have accounted for 4.5 sacks, 0 INTs and 1 FF. The Bengals 3 starting line backers have accounted for 6 sacks, 3 INTs and 1 FF. The Chargers 4 starting line backers have a combined total of 118 tackles… Vontaze Burfict alone has 118 tackles. What I am trying to say is that the Bengals, just as they do at the DL position, have a big advantage at the LB position as well.

Advantage: Bengals

 

Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery (17) catches a pass against San Diego Chargers cornerback Derek Cox (22) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Corner Backs:

The Bengals lost their top corner back (Hall) for the year, but have been holding up just fine with Newman, Jones and Kirkpatrick – ranked 6th against the pass (211.1 ypg) and 5 INTs from their corner backs. Meanwhile, the Chargers are giving up a whopping 276 ypg through the air (28th), have less INTs (6) than all but 2 teams (Jacksonville – 5, Houston – 4) and have as many INTs from their DL (2) as they do from their CBs.

Throw on top of that the fact that the Bengals feature the 2nd most dynamic passing attack the Chargers will have seen all year – Denver, who ripped them for 330 yards and 4 TDs – and this is not a good matchup for the Chargers. While the Bengals certainly don’t have Manning at QB, Green, Jones, Sanu, Hawkins, Bernard, Gresham and Eifert certainly present as many, if not more, issues for a weak Chargers secondary.

Advantage: Bengals

 

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