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Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) knocks the ball to the ground after a deflected pass during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. The Bengals won 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals defense will try to rattle Colts quarterback andrew Luck this weekend in the same way they did to Philip Rivers last week. The Bengals held him and the high-flying Chargers offense to just 6.2 yards per pass play and sacked him twice and forced three turnovers against a team that committed just 13 in the previous 11 games. The 10 points San Diego mustered was the fewest they’ve scored this year.

The Bengals know they’re good enough to do that to anyone, but any slip in focus will let even a mediocre QB have success against them:

"“There are a lot of really good quarterbacks and receivers in this league so I don’t know if you can say you heighten your focus more for one guy than another,” said Terence Newman. “Case in point was the first Cleveland game. We played a relatively unknown quarterback (Brian Hoyer) and he had some pretty good success against us."

Luck is more than capable of torching the Bengals if they don’t bring their A-game, and that means we should probably expect to see another dominant defensive performance on Sunday.

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