Bengals vs. Chargers: What to Watch For

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Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals halfback BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) carries the ball in for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

When the Bengals Run the Ball:

Bengals Running Attack: 18th – 109.7 ypg

Chargers Run Defense: 12th – 107.8 ypg

Only once this season were the Bengals able to run the ball down a team’s throat. That team was the San Diego Chargers. In San Diego, the Bengals RBs gashed the Chargers for 149 yards on 34 attempts (4.4 YPC) – and they did so without starting RG Kevin Zeitler.

Most surprising was the success of BJGE (4.6 YPC).If not for his fumble deep in Charger territory, the Bengals likely win that game 24-7. With the prediction for bitter cold and rain/snow, the run game is going to be very important.

The Bengals have a line that is capable of opening holes in the run game and BJGE and Bernard offer a lot as a 1-2 punch out of the backfield. While the Chargers have improved in their run defense from 17th to 12th, what I saw with my eyes in San Diego tells me the Bengals can dominate the Chargers line in the frozen Jungle.

Until the Chargers show me otherwise, the Bengals have the advantage here.

Advantage: Bengals