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. [Weather.com]
Uniform: Orange

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • 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.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

  • 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.

TEAM RANKINGS

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)

2010 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

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

CAREER AGAINST THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

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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