Primer: San Diego Chargers (8-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-11)

Game: San Diego Chargers (8-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-11)
Series Leader: Chargers, 19-10
Streak: Chargers have won five of the past six meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 1-2. Turner: 1-0
Broadcast: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 121 (SD), 158 (Cin.). XM: 103 (Cin.). 
SB Nation: Bolts From The Blue
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Weather: Flurries with a high of 27 degrees. []
Uniform: Orange


  • In two career games against the San Diego Chargers, Carson Palmer has completed 58 of 82 passes for 754 yards passing with five touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 114.6.
  • Palmer (149) needs one touchdown pass to join Ken Anderson (197) and Boomer Esiason (187) as the only players in franchise history with 150 touchdown passes.
  • In his past two home games, Palmer has a passer rating of 97.2.
  • Cedric Benson reached 1,000 yards rushing in consecutive seasons for the first time in his NFL career.
  • Benson has three rushing touchdowns in his past two games.
  • In his past three games against the Chargers, Chad Ochocinco is averaging 148.6 yards receiving per game with six touchdown catches.
  • Rookie Carlos Dunlap has six quarterback sacks in his past four games and looks to record at least half-a-sack in his fifth straight game.
  • Dunlap is second among all NFL rookies with seven quarterback sacks (Ndamukong Suh, 8).
  • Dhani Jones leads the team with 113 tackles.


  • The Chargers look to record their 11th consecutive road win in December.
  • Phillip Rivers (4,141) needs 114 yards passing to surpass a career-best of 4,254 yards in 2009.
  • Rivers joined Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Fouts as the only players in franchise history with three straight 4,000-yard seasons.
  • Rivers is 10-0 as a starter on the road in December with 19 touchdowns against five interceptions for a passer rating of 99.3.
  • Rivers is 2-0 against the Bengals and looks to record his third straight game with 300 yards passing and three touchdowns.
  • Mike Tolbert has 11 touchdowns rushing in 2010 and looks to record a third straight game with a rushing touchdown.
  • Tight End Antonio Gates leads all AFC Tight Ends with 782 yards receiving and is first among all NFL Tight Ends with ten touchdowns.
  • Vincent Jackson had a career-high three touchdown receptions last week, recording his first 100-yard receiving game of the season.
  • In his last game against the Bengals, Jackson had five receptions for 108 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
  • Shaun Phillips needs one quarterback sack to surpass a career-high of 11.5 in 2006.
  • Cornerback Quentin Jammer had an interception in his last game against the Bengals.


Offense Bengals Chargers
Total 323.1 (21st) 397.8 (2nd)
Scoring 20.1 (21st) 27.7 (3rd)
Third Downs 37% (18th) 45% (5th)
Rushing 95.0 (27th) 113.0 (14th)
Rushing TDs 7 (t-29th) 14 (t-6th)
20-Yard Runs 3 (t-last) 9 (t-14th)
Passing 228.1 (13th) 284.8 (2nd)
Passing TDs 21 (17th) 29 (t-3rd)
Sacks Allowed 28 (t-12th) 32 (t-17th)
20-yard Passes 38 (t-20th) 62 (1st)
Defense Bengals Chargers
Total 342.9 (18th) 259.8 (1st)
Scoring 25.9 (26th) 18.6 (6th)
3rd Downs Allowed 38% (18th) 32% (2nd)
Rushing 120.1 (22nd) 89.4 (2nd)
Rushing TDs 13 (t-21st) 12 (t-18th)
20-Yard Runs 16 (t-30th) 18 (32nd)
Passing 222.8 (17th) 170.4 (1st)
Passing TDs 20 (t-13th) 12 (t-2nd)
Sacks 22 (30th) 44 (1st)
QB Rating 86.0 (20th) 72.5 (2nd)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 46 (t-21st) 30 (1st)
Interceptions 14 (t-14th) 14 (t-14th)
Special Teams Bengals Chargers
Kickoff Return 21.5 (23rd) 23.8 (t-10th)
Punt Return 6.5 (t-29th) 8.7 (21st)
Punting (Net) 38.8 (12th) 30.3 (32nd)
Punts Inside the 20 25 (t-9th) 11 (32nd)


Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 78.7 23rd
Yards Passing 3,396 8th
Touchdowns 21 13th
First Downs 178 t-5th
Average Yards/Att 6.5 t-25th
Completions 314 5th
Interceptions 18 29th
Times Sacked 26 t-17th
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 1,006 14th
Attempts / Game 19.7 7th
Touchdowns 7 t-12th
First Downs 55 t-9th
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 67 t-17th
Yards Receiving 831 21st
Touchdowns 4 t-49th
20-yard receptions 8 t-49th
First Downs 47 t-11th
Terrell Owens Stat Ranking
Receptions 72 t-13th
Yards Receiving 983 11th
Touchdowns 9 t-9th
20-yard receptions 15 t-10th
First Downs 47 t-11th


Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs Int
12.20.2009 L, 24-27 27 40 314 2 1
11.12.2006 L, 41-49 31 42 440 3 0

Chad Ochocinco

Date Result Rec Yards TDs
12.20.2009 L, 24-27 3 79 1
11.12.2006 L, 41-49 11 260 2
11.23.2003 W, 34-27 10 107 3
9.30.2001 L, 14-28 2 28 1

Cedric Benson

Date Rushes Yards TDs
12.20.2009 15 53 0
9.9.2007 19 42 0
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