PRIMER: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers.

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (6-5) at San Diego Chargers (4-7)
Time: 4:25 PM (ET)
Location: Qualcomm Stadium
Series Leader: Chargers, 19-11
Streak: Chargers have won five of the past seven
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 2-2. Turner: 0-0
Broadcast: CBS (1:25 PM PT): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 93 (Cin.), 94 (SD). XM: 227 (SD).
SB Nation: Bolts from the Blue Game Center
Weather: Partly cloudy and 62 degrees []
Uniform: White


  • The Bengals look to record a win in their fourth straight game.
  • Since Week 10, the Bengals are averaging 31 points per game, third in the NFL.
  • In his past three games, quarterback Andy Dalton has generated 639 yards passing with nine touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 117.2.
  • Dalton is one of three NFL quarterbacks in NFL history with 20-plus touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.
  • Dalton has a fourth-quarter passer rating of 100.1 in 2012, second in the AFC (Peyton Manning, 110.5).
  • Cincinnati rushed for a season-high of 221 yards rushing last week.
  • Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis looks to generate a 100 yards rushing in his third straight game.
  • Green-Ellis has generated 29 rushing touchdown since 2010, third-most in the NFL.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green (2,079) generated 2,000 yards receiving in only his 26th game last week, tied for second-few to reach 2,000 yards since 1970.
  • Since 2011, Green has posted 17 touchdowns, most among AFC wide receivers.
  • Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu aims to generate a touchdown in his fourth straight game.
  • Defense ranks second in the NFL with 35 sacks.
  • Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (9) needs a quarterback sack to become fourth Bengals player with 10+ plus sacks in a season since 1982.
  • Defensive end Michael Johnson has a career-best eight quarterback sacks.


  • The San Diego Chargers are 18-3 in the month of December under Norv Turner.
  • Chargers have won five of the past six games at home against the Bengals.
  • Quarterback Philip Rivers (26,974) surpassed quarterback John Hadl (26,938) for second-most yards passing in franchise history last week, trailing Hall of Famer Dan Fouts (43,040).
  • In three career games against the Bengals, Rivers has generated 902 yards passing with seven touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.4.
  • Running back Ryan Mathews is averaging 93.5 yards rushing per game in his past four games during the month of December.
  • Tight end Antonio Gates (80) trails only Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (81) for most touchdown receptions in franchise history.
  • In two career games against the Cincinnati Bengals, wide receiver Malcom Floyd is averaging 19.1 yards per reception.
  • In his past three games, wide receiver Danario Alexander is averaging 101.3 yards receiving per game with three touchdowns.
  • Linebacker Shaun Phillips (67) has the second-most quarterback sacks by a Charger (Leslie O'Neal, 105.5) since 1982.
  • Linebacker Takeo Spikes was selected No. 13 overall by the Bengals during the 1998 NFL Draft.
  • Linebacker Antwan Barnes had a season-best two sacks last week.

(stats pages at no longer sortable; not all rankings listed)

Offense Bengals Chargers
Total 358.5 (13th) 324.4 (25th)
Scoring 25.6 (10th) 22.3 (16th)
Third Downs 33.6% (27th) 39.1% (13th)
Rushing 113.9 (14th) 99.5 (25th)
Rushing TDs 8 (t-13th) 4 (28th)
20-Yard Runs 9 4
Passing 244.5 (12th) 224.9 (18th)
Passing TDs 24 (t-4th) 18 (t-9th)
Sacks Allowed 26 (t-17th) 32 (27th)
20-yard Passes 32 33
Defense Bengals Chargers
Total 334.5 (9th) 334.7 (10th)
Scoring 22.5 (t-15th) 21.5 (12th)
3rd Downs Allowed 38% 42%
Rushing 116.1 (17th) 91.5 (t-5th)
Rushing TDs 10 4
20-Yard Runs 5 5
Passing 218.4 (8th) 243.3 (20th)
Passing TDs 13 20
Sacks 35 (2nd) 22 (t-24th)
QB Rating 88.6 91.0
20-Yard Passes Allowed 38 33
Interceptions 8 (t-20th) 9 (t-17th)
Fumble Recoveries 8 (t-6th) 7 (t-11th)
Forced Fumbles 11 (t-7th) 12 (t-5th)
Special Teams Bengals Chargers
Kickoff Return 23.5 (17th) 24.4 (15th)
Punt Return 11.5 (7th) 6.1 (30th)
Punting (Net) 42.0 42.2
Punts Inside the 20 21 21
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