Bengals Crossing Enemy Lines: Ernie Padaon of Bolt Beat


Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage as San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick snaps the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stripe Hype: The last time the Chargers visited Paul Brown Stadium, they broke a bunch of hearts. How has this team changed from the one in 2013 that knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs? 

Ernie Padaon: The team still has the same type of offense that will want to control the clock with the running game and will beat defenses with the quick short passing game, but the backs are better now. Melvin Gordon is the lead back and Branden Oliver has been added for depth. I recall Ronnie Brown breaking off the big run to end to finish off that playoff game.

The defense is younger, but is faster to the football. The depth all around this roster is much better than that 2013 team.

SH: Which Charger should the Bengals and the fans keep an eye on in their week two match up? 

SH: What did Chargers fans take away from the week one win, and what are they expecting in week two as the Chargers face their first road game of 2015?

EP: The Chargers fans are excited. With all the young players on the team, we knew that there would be some mistakes that we would have to overcome. The team also showed that it has the talent to overcome all those issues and can make the plays to change an outcome of a game.

SH: Prediction Time, Who wins and what is the final score?

EP: Chargers will win in week 2. 35-17