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GAMEDAY: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers

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Bengals Win Fourth Straight In San Diego

The Cincinnati Bengals weren't at their best; they played poorly throughout much of the game and yet they powered through with a uncharacteristic west coast win.


Bengals Take 20-13 Lead

Carlos Dunlap forced and recovered a Phillip Rivers fumble on a Charger second and ten. The Bengals got the ball at the 13 yard line after the call of the fumble was reviewed and confirmed. Green-Ellis received two carries for 2 yards to put the Bengals in a third down spot. Dalton then threw a screen pass to Andrew Hawkins who went seven yards and fumbled the ball out of bounds. The Nugent 24 yard field goal gives the Bengals a 20-13 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game.


Bengals Take 17-13 Lead With Four Minutes Left

Starting from their own 45-yard line with 14:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, BenJarvus Green-Ellis picked up six yards to midfield. That's when Andy Dalton launched the football to a wide-open A.J. Green down the right sidelines. However the football was thrown slightly out of bounds, falling incomplete. Dalton was sacked on third down, forcing the Bengals to punt the football back to San Diego with over 13 minutes remaining.

Thankfully San Diego's offense is struggling just as much, going three and out on their ensuing possession, putting the football back to Cincinnati, downed at the Bengals 45-yard line.

That's when BenJarvus Green-Ellis took over, pounding the football with a little support from the Bengals passing game setting up a third and five from the Chargers 16-yard line with under six minutes remaining. Dalton takes the shotgun snap, flips the football over the middle to Andrew Hawkins.

First and goal from the six-yard line. Nevermind. Illegal formation, first and goal from the 11-yard line. BenJarvus Green-Ellis wiped out the five-yard penalty on first down back to the six-yard line. Andy Dalton takes the second down snap, looks to his right and sprints up the middle on a designed draw, scoring a touchdown and giving the Bengals a 17-13 lead.


Kirkpatrick Leaves Game With Hit To The Head

During Adam Jones' 15-yard punt return with 14:26 remaining in the game, Bengals rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick laid on the field obviously injured. The training staff spoke to him momentarily and escorted him back to the locker room.

The Bengals announced that Kirkpatrick's return to the game is questionable after a hit to the head.


Bengals Defense Comes Alive In The Third

They're flat. Defensively and offensively. San Diego's third takeaway gave the Chargers the football at their own 39-yard line. Yet Cincinnati was flat, allowing big gains to slow quarterback and fat running backs, compounded by silly offside penalties. Eventually San Diego drive stalled. With 21 yards needed on third down (thanks to a Geno Atkins and Domata Peko shared sack) and 3:10 remaining in the third quarter, Philip Rivers was forced to throw the football out of bounds. Nick Novak failed to convert a 54-yard field goal.

The missed attempt gave Cincinnati the football at their own 44-yard line with 2:36 remaining in quarter. Limited one-yard gain, seven-yard pass to Hawkins on a hitch and very bad one-yard loss to Green-Ellis forces the Bengals into a three and out. Fortunately Kevin Huber dropped the football at the San Diego four-yard line. A one-yard Ryan Mathews run and five-yard Antonio Gates five-yard reception closed out the third quarter, setting up third and four from the Chargers 10-yard line. Rivers floated the football to Ronnie Brown out of the backfield for a three-yard loss, thanks to Reggie "The Missile" Nelson.

Unfortunately Adam Jones' 15 yard punt return to the Chargers 45-yard line was neutralized following Manny Lawson's illegal block, putting Cincinnati Bengals to their own 45-yard line with 14:12 remaining in the game.


Gresham Fumbles Midway In The Third Quarter

As if the Bengals couldn't make any more mistakes, they've acquiesced the gods of frustration.

With 7:42 remaining in the third quarter, Andy Dalton floats the second down pass to Jermaine Gresham from the Chargers 43-yard line. The veteran tight end takes grabs the football while the screen is setup in front of him when the Chargers pounded the football out of Gresham's grip.

San Diego recovers at their own 39-yard line with 7:34 remaining in the third quarter. That's their third giveaway, scoring a -3 turnover differential.


Andy Dalton Throws Second Interception

After the Cincinnati Bengals defense held San Diego's offense to a quick three and out to open the second half, Adam Jones returned Mike Scifres punt 24 yards to the Bengals 40-yard line with 13:10 remaining in the third quarter. While scrambling on first down, Dalton floated the football targeting Andrew Hawkins near the left sidelines. The near-interception was striped out by Hawkins, causing Cincinnati to sigh in momentary relief. Dalton followed that up with a 16-yard pass to A.J. Green over the middle, picking up the first down to San Diego's 44-yard line.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis picked up another first down on nine and two yards on consecutive runs, followed by consecutive incomplete passes setting up a third and ten from the Chargers 33-yard line. Dalton takes the shotgun snap and bounces the football off Marvin Jones' back shoulder, watching the floating football as it's intercepted by Corey Lynch.

That's Dalton's second pick of the afternoon (even if it's not his fault).


SECOND HALF OPEN THREAD: Bengals at Chargers

The Bengals come out of the locker room with a second half three-point deficit with the Chargers opening on offense.


Chargers Take 13-10 Lead Over Bengals At The Half

Kevin Huber kicked the football 30 yards to the Chargers 14-yard line after the Bengals failed to convert a third down with 1:54 remaining in the first half. Consecutive incomplete passes and a dump off pass that would have forced San Diego to punt was negated due after Michael Johnson jumped offsides. Philip Rivers completed a 28-yard pass to a wide open Danario Alexander, reaching the Chargers 47-yard line with a minute remaining in the half.

An incomplete pass, seven-yard pass to Antonio Gates and two false start set up a third and 13 with :42 remaining in the second. Yet they converted. Rivers floats the football on a fade to Malcom Floyd near the left sidelines, posting the 24-yard reception to the Bengals 32-yard line, obviously in field goal range. Danario Alexander sat the zone on the next play, opened by a fade route on that side of the field that consumed additional defenders, picking up 12 yards to the 20-yard line.

Following a spike to stop the clock, Rivers scrambled on second down for another 11 yards, running out of bounds at the nine-yard line with :09 remaining in the first half. After Ronnie Brown is stopped at the one-yard line, the Chargers use their final timeout and Nick Novak converts the 19-yard field goal, taking a 13-10 half time lead.


Cedric Peerman Questionable to return

We do not know when it happened, we will assume his last run, but Joe Reedy and Geoff Hobson are reporting that Cedric Peerman injured his ankle and he is questionable to return. If Peerman cannot return, the Bengals will have to ride with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Brian Leonard as their only two active running backs.


Bengals And Chargers Exchange Punts

The Cincinnati Bengals defense is just confused. When the Chargers run a pass, Cincinnati's defense plays the run. When Philip Rivers fakes the handoff, the defense is targeting the running back. And god forbid when the Chargers run a screen, the Bengals are in the process of wondering "should I rush the passer without a single blocker in front of me"? Despite Rivers completing a 17-yard pass to Danario Alexander on third and 11, the Chargers would eventually punt from their own 46-yard line on fourth and 17 with 5:58 remaining in the second quarter.

Andy Dalton and the Bengals kicked off their end-of-the-first-half-possession from their own 11-yard following a fair-catch/near fumble by Brandon Tate. Cincinnati efficiently moved the football with a combination of runs, passes, screens and end around-double passes to A.J. Green. Cincinnati had third and nine from the Chargers 44-yard line at the two minute warning (thanks to Whitworth's false start). Dalton takes the shotgun snap, scans the field and throws the football into the dirt at Brian Leonard's feet.


Nugent Field Goal Ties Game at 10

The Bengals answered the Chargers touchdown with a field goal. On a 10 play 81 yard drive, the Bengals settled for a field goal. A 41 yard run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis got the Bengals into Chargers territory. The big run by the LawFirm was followed up by a 16 yard pass to A.J. Green. Andy Dalton took a shot to the end zone but Green was called for pass interference, that penalty put the ball at the San Diego 27.

The Bengals were in a tough spot but a 15 yard pass to Green and a seven yard pass to Gresham gave the Bengals a first down. On first and goal, Dalton overthrew a wide open Green in the end zone. This play came back to cost the Bengals, as Green-Ellis ran the ball on a delayed run to the 1 yard line. On third and goal from the one, Dalton was forced out of the pocket and had to throw it away. 10-10 game with nine minutes remaining.


Chargers Take 10-7 Lead On Dalton Interception

The San Diego Chargers have taken the lead.

Following a minimal BenJarvus Green-Ellis on first down from the Bengals 23-yard line, Andy Dalton takes the second down snap and flips the football to his right, targeting A.J. Green.

Unfortunately Green didn't see Demorrio Williams undercut the route. The Chargers linebacker picked off the pass and returned it 31 yards for the touchdown.

Chargers take 10-7 lead with 14:09 remaining in the second quarter.

That's Andy Dalton's first interception since November 4 against the Denver Broncos.


Novak Field Goal Makes Score 7-3

A 19 yard field goal from Nick Novak has cut the Bengals lead to four, with over 14 minutes remaining in the first half. The Chargers started the possession at their own 19 yard line. Big plays included a 15 yard pass to Malcom Floyd to get the Chargers into Bengals territory and an 18 yard pass from Phillip Rivers to Antonio Gates. The Chargers had first and goal from the seven yard line, but Carlos Dunlap caused a fumble that put the Chargers in a tough second and goal spot from the 16 yard line.

A Ryan Matthews 6 yard catch and a Ronnie Brown eight yard catch put the Chargers at the two yard line, where they decided to kick the field goal. Rivers went 8-8 on the 13 play 79 yard drive that lasted 7 minutes and 42 seconds.


Bengals Take 7-0 Lead On 91-Yard Touchdown Drive

Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis began the team's opening possession with a pair of conversions, picking up a first down on second and third down respectively during a possession that began from their own nine-yard line (thanks to a Brandon Tate fumble out of the endzone on the opening kickoff). Eventually the Bengals have third and eight from their own 47-yard line with 10:41 remaining in the first quarter. Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap, feeling early pressure and prior to getting jacked, unleashes the football over the middle to a wide open Andrew Hawkins for 17 yards and the first down.

Unfortunately the Bengals didn't generate a first down afterward. Or did they? Reaching the 36-yard line, a Brian Leonard run and consecutive incomplete passes sets up a fourth and nine from the Chargers 35-yard line with over nine minutes remaining. The Bengals go for it. Nothing there, Dalton throws the football away.

But wait. The Chargers are called for a defensive hold. Automatic first down to the Chargers 30-yard line. A five-yard neutral zone infraction and five-yard Green-Ellis power run up the gut, gives Cincinnati another first down on San Diego's 20-yard line.

Dalton takes the second down snap following a Green-Ellis one-yard run, and floats the football down towards the front right pylon. A.J. Green ran a deep route with Jermaine Gresham running behind him on a fade, easily hauling in the football for a touchdown. The Bengals take a 7-0 lead on a 16-play, 91-yard touchdown drive.


Cincinnati Bengals Open On Offense

Along with Andy Dalton and Rey Maualuga, the game game captains joining the crowd at midfield includes A.J. Green, Adam Jones and Geno Atkins.

The Chargers won the coin toss, defer to the second half and the Cincinnati Bengals will open the game on offense.


WR Jones Expected To Get First Start

With Mohamed Sanu down for the year and Armon Binns inactive again, the Cincinnati Bengals will turn to Marvin Jones to start opposite of A.J. Green against the San Diego Chargers (according to beat writers that receive pregame sheets). It will be the rookie's first start during his NFL career.

Jones, selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft, has only posted three receptions for 26 yards receiving during six games.


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