Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) vs Los Angeles Chargers (0-0)
Date/Time: Sep. 13th, 2019 at 4:05 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: The Chargers lead the series 20-14
Streak: The Bengals have won four of the past five meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: 0-0. Anthony Lynn (1-0)
Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Kevin Harlan (play-byplay), Trent Green (analyst) and Melanie Collins (sideline reporter).
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). WLW-AM (700) will join the flagship stations in broadcasting the Bengals game once its broadcast of the Cincinnati Reds game concludes (the Reds game begins at 2:15 p.m. Eastern).
The game also will air nationally on Sports USA Radio, with broadcasters Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst).
SB Nation Chargers’ site: Bolts from the Blue
Weather: Mid 80’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals, +3.5 [Odds Shark]
Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass
It has been a very long offseason. It has been longer for Bengals fans who started their offseason a little early by being the worst team from 2019. That was okay, because they got to appreciate Joe Burrow’s special season just a little bit more because of it.
Now, Burrow gets to make his NFL debut as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. That is easily the biggest story line. How quickly does the guy who had the best season a college quarterback has ever had adjust his game?
Fortunately he won’t be going out there and have to carry this team. He is surrounded by established talents like A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon. He also has some raw talented players looking to prove themselves in John Ross and Tee Higgins. He absolutely has the tools around him to put up some impressive numbers for a rookie.
That possibility got a little more likely when the Chargers lost safety Derwin James. the do-it-all player will be a huge loss as he was such a versatile player. Los Angeles still has a very talented secondary led by Chris Harris Jr. and Casey Hayward Jr., and Joey Bosa should also be pretty disruptive come Sunday as well.
The offense for the Chargers will look pretty different as well. Tyrod Taylor will be starting after Philip Rivers moved on to the Colts this offseason. We will still see plenty of Keenan Allen, though. He has established himself as one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL.
Which team will start off 2020 on the right foot? Will Burrow have a magical start to his career, or will this be a learning experience for the rookie?