Chargers at Bengals: Position by Position Preview

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Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) celebrates after a win against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


The leading tackler on the Chargers is Eric Weddle and 3rd on the team is Marcus Gilchrist. While I like Weddle, it is a bad thing when your leading tackler, and 2 of your top 3, are safeties. Weddle and Gilchrist have accounted for an astonishing 230 tackles, nearly 100 more than Nelson and Iloka (137).

Despite having 93 more tackles, the Bengals safeties have forced 1 more fumble (3-2), and have just .5 less sacks. When it comes to plays in the coverage game, the Bengals safeties have them beat in INTs (5-4), passes defensed (21-18) and TDs (1-0). Nelson and Iloka have been very solid this year (a pleasant surprise) and actually have been a strength of the Bengal’s 2013 defense.

The Chargers safeties could also find themselves at a big disadvantage if matched up in coverage – Weddle and Gilchrist stand 5’11” and 5’10” respectively and could find themselves covering Green (6’4”), Gresham (6’5”), Eifert (6’6”), Sanu (6’2”) or Jones (6’2”).

With Iloka at 6’4”, the Bengals do not have the same matchup issues at safety that the Chargers face.

Advantage: Bengals