Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) is tackled by San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Marshall (31) during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals may get Newman back on Sunday, but even if they do not, Kirkpatrick and Jones have been holding down the fort pretty well. In their first meeting, Kirkpatrick was just getting his feet wet (but did have a nice pick), but after a few rough games, he has been settling in.
The Bengals pass defense has actually improved since they last met the Chargers and should matchup well with the Charger receivers. While the Chargers have dropped a spot in the rankings since they last met (28th to 29th), they have improved in yardage by 18 YPG.
Just like at DL and LB, the Chargers have no play makers at the corner back position either. The Chargers 5 CBs have account for 3 INTs as a group…Jones and Kirkpatrick each have 3 and Kirkpatrick has only played about 4 games.
If the Chargers load the box to stop the run (as many think they will), it will leave at least one of Chargers corners on an island with one of the Bengals receivers. That is a scary thought if you are a Chargers fan.
Green, Jones, Sanu, Hawkins, Bernard, Gresham and Eifert certainly present a lot of issues for a weak Chargers secondary.