Schedule Analysis, Week 13: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers

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We continue our game-by-game analysis with the Bengals' Week 13 matchup on the West Coast against the Chargers.

Week 13: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers

Date/Time: Dec. 1; 4:25 p.m. ET

Location: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, California

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Chargers 2012 record: 7-9

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Chargers: 24th

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Chargers: 27th

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Chargers: 31st

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Chargers: 18th

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Chargers: 6th

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Chargers: 9th

Head-To-Head Record:

13-19 Chargers (6-10 in San Diego)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Chargers: OT King Dunlap, CB Derek Cox, RB Danny Woodhead

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Chargers: OT D.J. Fluker, LB Manti Te'o, WR Keenan Allen

Overview:

Over the last few years the Bengals haven't really been good on the West Coast. Really, before the 2011 playoff season, they struggled to beat lesser teams out west. However, in 2011 they went out to Seattle and beat a good Seahawks team and they just lost to the Broncos in Denver by two points. In 2012 they went to San Diego and beat the Chargers.

The Chargers are a better team than their 7-9 record shows and quarterback Philip Rivers, as much as I dislike him, is still one of the better passers in the league. However, the Bengals should outmatch the Chargers in this game. That doesn't mean their Week 13 matchup won't be a nail bitter, though. This is the game after the Bengals come out of their bye week so they should be well rested and ready to make a playoff push.

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