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PRIMER: Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6)

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

Jeff Gross

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6)
Time: 4:25 p.m (ET)
Location: Qualcomm Stadium
Series Leader: Chargers, 19-12
Streak: Bengals have won the previous two meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 3-2. McCoy: 0-0
Broadcast: CBS (1:25 PM PT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 113 (Cin.), 93 (SD). XM: 226 (SD).
SB Nation: Bolts from the Blue Game Center
Weather: Clear and 65 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: White


  • Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (2,954) needs 46 yards passing to reach 3,000 yards for a third consecutive season.
  • Dalton is averaging 330.3 yards passing per game in his past four road games.
  • The Bengals are 13-1 (.929) when Dalton has a quarterback rating over 100.
  • Running back Giovani Bernard leads all AFC rookies with 809 yards from scrimmage, with two games of 100 yards or more.
  • In his last game against the San Diego Chargers, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 118 yards.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green is averaging 125 yards receiving per game on the road this year, best in the NFL.
  • Green's six games of 100 yards or receiving or more is tied for most in the NFL.
  • In his only meeting against the San Diego Chargers (week 13, 2012), Green posted 85 yards receiving on nine receptions.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham has caught two touchdowns in his past three games.
  • The Bengals defense is allowing 313.1 yards per game, third-fewest in the AFC.
  • Linebacker Vontaze Burfict leads the Bengals with 118 tackles (NFL statistic).
  • Linebacker James Harrison has recorded three quarterback sacks in his last three games against the Chargers.
  • Safety Reggie Nelson posted his second interception of the season against the Browns two weeks ago.
  • Defensive end Carlos Dunlap has three quarterback sacks in his past two games.


  • Quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 392 yards last week and now has four games this season with at least 390 yards passing -- tied with Dan Marino and Joe Montana for most such games in a season.
  • Rivers has nine touchdowns and two interceptions with a passer rating of 107.7 at home this season.
  • In nine of 11 games this year, Rivers passer rating has reached 90 or better.
  • Rivers has also completed 20 passes with an 80 percent completion rate in three games this season, tying him for most such games in a season in NFL History (Brett Favre in 2009, Drew Brees in 2011).
  • Running back Danny Woodhead has a career-best in catches (59), yards receiving (469) and touchdown grabs (5) in 2013, most among NFL running backs.
  • Tight end Antonio Gates (701 receptions and 9,006 yards receiving) became the fourth tight end in NFL history to have at least 700 receptions and 9,000 yards receiving.
  • Wide receiver Eddie Royal has a career-best seven receptions this season.
  • Wide receiver Keenan Allen leads all NFL rookies in catches (50) and yards receiving (737). With 10 receptions, Allen will surpass LaDainian Tomlinson (59 in 2001) for most receptions by a Chargers rookie.
  • Tight end LaDarius Green posted a career-long 60-yard reception last week.
  • Safety Eric Weddle leads the team with 75 tackles.
  • Cornerback Marcus Gilchrist posted his second interception of the season against Kansas City last week.


Offense Bengals Chargers
Total 364.5 (10th) 407.7 (6th)
Scoring 25.0 (10th) 24.5 (t-12th)
Third Downs 38 (15th) 46 (3rd)
Rushing 107.9 (20th) 110.8 (17th)
Rushing TDs 7 (t-18th) 6 (t-23rd)
20-Yard Runs 4 (t-24th) 3 (t-28th)
Passing 256.6 (10th) 296.9 (4th)
Passing TDs 21 (t-6th) 22 (5th)
Sacks Allowed 26 (t-9th) 20 (4th)
20-yard Passes 41 (9th) 47 (t-2nd)
Defense Bengals Chargers
Total 313.1 (7th) 389.5 (29th)
Scoring 18.7 (6th) 23.6 (t-15th)
3rd Downs Allowed 36% (9th) 40% (20th)
Rushing 102.0 (10th) 113.5 (17th)
Rushing TDs 4 (t-3rd) 9 (t-17th)
Passing 211.1 (6th) 276.0 (27th)
Passing TDs 14 (9th) 18 (t-16th)
Sacks 34 (t-6th) 29 (t-15th)
QB Rating 74.0 (3rd) 102.7 (31st)
Interceptions 12 (t-11th) 6 (t-27th)
Special Teams Bengals Chargers
Kickoff Return 24.7 (8th) 24.2 (t-12th)
Punt Return 8.4 (t-19th) 9.3 (15th)
Punting (Net) 40.5 (9th) 40.1 (t-13th)
Punts Inside the 20 21 (8th) 20 (t-9th)