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Primer against San Diego

Cincinnati will host the Chargers this Sunday as the Bengals try to rebound in the second half of the season. The last time (9/8/2002) Cincinnati hosted the Chargers; the Bengals lost 34-6 as LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. The last time the two teams met, was November 23rd, 2003 when the legendary Jon Kitna passed for 243 yards and four touchdowns (three to Chad Johnson).

GAME: Chargers vs. Bengals
LOCATION: Paul Brown Stadium
WHEN: Sunday, November 12th, 2006
BROADCAST: CBS with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf. Sirius 119 (Cincinnati), 130 (SD)

CINCINNATI

  • The Bengals last three losses have come by a total of nine points.
  • Under head coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals are 4-1 in the past five games against AFC West teams.
  • Carson Palmer has two touchdown passes in four of his past five home games.
  • The Bengals have won 14 of their past 19 games when Carson Palmer passes for two touchdowns or more.
  • Rudi Johnson (39) needs one rushing touchdown to become the third Bengal with 40 career rushing touchdowns; Pete Johnson (64), Corey Dillon (45).
  • Rudi hasn't lost a fumble in 26 consecutive games.
  • Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are one of five NFL teammate tandems with 480 recieving yards or more each.
  • Houshmandzadeh is tied for AFC lead with five touchdown receptions.
  • Like previous weeks, Justin Smith (6.5) and Robert Geathers (6.0) are the AFC's only defensive linemen duo with six sacks each.
  • Deltha O'Neal scored his first career touchdown against the Chargers (10/6/02).

CHARGERS

  • Chargers have onw consecutive games for the third time this season and won seven straight November games.
  • Phillip Rivers is 6-2 as a starter with at least one touchdown pass in seven of eight games.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson leads the NFL with 14 touchdowns (12 rushing) and leads the team with 38 receptions.
  • In his past two games, L.T. has 355 yards rushing on 43 carries (8.3 yards per carry) with five touchdowns -- also has nine runs of 10+ yards. Of his 43 carries, 17 have gone for first downs.
  • Among AFC players with at least 50 carries or more, backup running back Michael Turner ranks number one with a 6.5 yards per carry average.
  • Antonio Gates has a touchdown catch in four of his past five games on the road.
  • In seven of his past eight games against Cincinnati, Keenan McCardell has at least one touchdown reception.

OFFENSE

Category Bengals Chargers
Points Scored 21.9 (12th) 31.0 (1st)
Passing 216.4 (11th) 209.9 (14th)
Rushing 95.5 (25th) 161.8 (2nd)
Total Offense (yards) 311.9 (18th) 371.6 (3rd)

DEFENSE

Category Bengals Chargers
Points Scored 21.0 (17th) 16.8 (6th)
Passing 214.5 (21st) 183.8 (8th)
Rushing 129.2 (24th) 85.2 (4th)
Total Defense (yards) 343.8 (24th) 269.0 (2nd)