Cincinanti Bengals: 3 years comes down to 3 hours

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Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) celebrates after a win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Now, here comes San Diego. The Chargers have been much more Jekyl and Hyde than the Bengals this year, and even lost to Cincinnati in their first meeting, in which Cincinnati kneeled to victory on the Chargers three yard line. No one is really sure which Phillip Rivers will show up, but if I had to guess, the excellent one.

Likewise, no one is really sure which Andy Dalton will show up, but again my guess is, the more consistent one. From a statistical point, the Bengals are the only team this season to cover every point spread at home and win. This has only been done five times in the past 25 years, so Vegas is leaning Cincinnati and the points, for that reason.

Now, three years of good but not good enough, come down to three hours of game play. Three years of Carson, Chad and T.J. as the glory years can be put in the rear view mirror with a solid performance by Andy, A.J. and the Bengals defense.

Yes, the weather might be a factor, but so might good execution and play calling. Final thoughts, the Bengals win this one and move on to New England, and San Diego will be sent to reflect on their wild season.

Final score: Bengals: 24 Chargers: 13.

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