Bengals vs. Chargers: What to Watch For

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When the Bengals Throw the Ball:

Bengals Passing Attack: 8th – 258.7 ypg

Chargers Pass Defense: 29th – 258.7 ypg

In my opinion, this Bengals team is good enough to win the Super Bowl. They may have the most talented and deepest offense in the NFL. They certainly have the best defense in the AFC and a top 3 defense overall.

But, they are ranked 25th in turnovers (30). 24 of those 30 turnovers (80%) have come via Andy Dalton (20 INTs, 4 Fumbles). The Bengals will sink and swim with Dalton and his ability to protect the ball.

If the 20 interception Dalton shows up in the playoffs like he did the last 2 years (0 TDs, 4 INTs), the Bengals will have a quick stay in the playoffs again. If the 33 touchdown Dalton shows up, this could be your AFC Champion and possibly your Super Bowl Champion.

In their last meeting, Dalton was pedestrian (14/23, 190 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT) despite facing the 29th ranked pass defense. Even if the weather is cold and wet, I still can’t see such a poor pass defense containing Dalton and these weapons a second time – especially in Cincinnati where Dalton has 20 TDs to just 9 INTs.

Dalton’s ability to protect the ball and not hurt the Bengals will be the. As long as the Bengals can provide a good pocket for Dalton, the Bengals should have a huge advantage in the passing game.

Advantage: Bengals