Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball against the San Diego Chargers defensive end Kendall Reyes (91) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated San Diego 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Week Two: vs. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers came into Cincinnati with hopes of repeating what they did in the 2013 wild card game at Paul Brown Stadium, spoiling Cincinnati’s party. The Bengals had other ideas, though, as they played another solid first half on both sides of the ball. It wasn’t until the second half that Bengals fans had to start to sweat a little over the Bengals blowing the home-opener, but the Chargers’ push for victory would never come to fruition.
The offense, again led by Andy Dalton, scored three touchdowns through the air; Dalton passed for 214 yards on the day. Giovani Bernard was the star of the day though, as Jeremy Hill was sidelined after losing two fumbles. Bernard’s 123 yards rushing helped the Bengals’ offense move the ball down the field and continue to run down the clock. The offensive line, meanwhile, went a second consecutive game without allowing a sack on Dalton.
The defense was solid through the first half, but it started to break down in the second half, allowing 14 second-half points. The Chargers narrowed their deficit to just five points, but thanks to an interception by Vincent Rey, the Bengals secured a victory. The defense forced a total of three turnovers on the day, harassing the Chargers’ offense all game long.
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