5 things to know after Bengals beat Chargers 17-10

By BERNIE WILSON - AP Sports Writer
    2013-12-02 02:34

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals came out to sunny San Diego and punched the Chargers in the nose.

They did it on offense, dominating the line of scrimmage while rushing for 164 yards.

They did it on defense, forcing three turnovers while holding Philip Rivers to 252 yards passing and the Chargers to a season-low in points.

''Down and dirty,'' surmised cornerback Adam Jones after the Bengals beat the Chargers 17-10 Sunday.

More importantly, the Bengals (8-4) kept their two-game lead in the AFC North over Baltimore.

''That's the main thing. We're not playing just to make the playoffs,'' Jones said. ''We're playing for the bye. We played hard and physical on defense. If we keep playing hard and smart and we're going to be a real, real good team.''

Andy Dalton threw a go-ahead, 21-yard touchdown pass to wide-open A.J. Green late in the third quarter.

San Diego (5-7) lost the momentum it gained with a thrilling 41-38 comeback win at Kansas City a week earlier. The Chargers' slim playoff hopes dwindled after their fourth loss in five games.

''You score 10 points, you are going to lose most of the time,'' said Rivers, who completed 23 of 37 passes for 252 yards. ''That's a good defense. We just weren't consistent enough.''

Rookie coach Mike McCoy wasn't happy with all the mistakes the Chargers made. Plus, he said the defense ''fell apart.''

Here are five takeaways from the game:

ANDY'S DANDY: Dalton joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to start their careers with three straight 3,000-yard seasons. Dalton was 14 of 23 for 190 yards, giving him 3,144 for the season. ''It's an honor to be mentioned with a guy like Peyton,'' Dalton said. ''Peyton is one of the best in the league and has been one of the best in the league for a long time. To do something only he has done is big. I take pride in that.''

GOING GREEN: With the score tied at 7, the Bengals got the ball after Dre Kirkpatrick ripped it away from tight end Antonio Gates after a reception at the Cincinnati 25, the Chargers' third turnover. Ten plays later, Green split the defense for an easy touchdown, with safety Eric Weddle and cornerback Marcus Gilchrist only able to watch. ''It was just a seam right up the middle, man,'' said Green, who wasn't slowed by a hip pointer sustained during the Bengals' first drive. ''I guess the two linebackers and the safety went with Jermaine (Gresham) and I just came wide open.''

BRUISING BENGALS: Cincinnati's offensive line manhandled the Chargers on the Bengals' second drive, which ended with BenJarvus Green-Ellis scoring on a 4-yard run. The Bengals also dominated on their final drive, which ended with Dalton twice taking a knee. Green-Ellis gained 92 yards on 20 carries. Giovani Bernard had 57 yards on 14 carries. The Bengals lost left guard Clint Boling to what coach Marvin Lewis called a significant knee injury, but adjusted with a reshuffled line. Tackle Andrew Whitworth played some guard. ''Whit was obviously having fun pulling,'' center Kyle Cook said. ''He hasn't had the opportunity to be a guard, where you can be a lot more physical attacker than you can be at tackle. Everyone was doing a great job out there.''

FIELD POSITION: ''We crossed the 50 I don't know how many times but we didn't finish drives,'' Rivers said. ''It is just not the turnovers; those we know. But there are other drives where we just didn't finish and ended up punting there right around midfield and that is critical. There was a pretty good reason why. Said Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict: ''Just when they'd get to the 40-yard line, we had to stop them. That's what we're good at. They cross the 50 and everybody stepped up to make plays.''

BOLTS' BLUNDERS: Maybe it was a good thing the game blacked out in Southern California - a first in the NFL this season. That saved the fans who weren't at Qualcomm Stadium from having to watch the Chargers commit critical penalties and get run over by the Bengals in the second half. ''We've got to work on our consistency,'' said rookie linebacker Manti Te'o, who had five tackles. ''Our good plays are great and our bad plays are real bad. We wore ourselves down. We had opportunities to make plays and they executed. We are going to fix those things.''


Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Mark IngramNov 25 06:23p

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram's (shoulder) injury isn't expected to be a major concern after resting last week during the bye. It's unclear, however, if his shoulder injury [ More ]

Andrew LuckNov 25 06:23p

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) is confident that he will play again this year, but a timetable for his return at this point is tough to gauge. [ More ]

Leonard HankersonNov 25 06:13p

Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) is still bothered by a hamstring strain, and the Falcons may continue to take their time with his injury. Hankerson previously missed two [ More ]

A. Seferian-JenkinsNov 25 06:03p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Stedman BaileyNov 25 05:53p

St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey (head) is out of surgery and will be in an intensive care unit for 3-5 days. Doctors are hopeful he will make a successful recovery.

Danny AmendolaNov 25 04:43p

New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (foot), Danny Amendola (knee) and Aaron Dobson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Glenn DorseyNov 25 04:33p

San Francisco 49ers DT Glenn Dorsey (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 11.

Marshawn LynchNov 25 03:53p

Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hernia) will return in three to four weeks after undergoing sports hernia surgery Wednesday, Nov. 25, but he could be [ More ]

Matt ForteNov 25 03:33p

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) are both listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Nov. 26.

John BrownNov 25 03:13p

Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Martellus BennettNov 25 02:53p

Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) has been ruled out for Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 26.

Michael FloydNov 25 02:33p

Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) is practicing Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Emmanuel SandersNov 25 02:23p

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is practicing Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Charcandrick WestNov 25 02:03p

Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Johnny ManzielNov 25 01:33p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's tenure with the Browns may not be over, according to head coach Mike Pettine. 'I certainly hope not,' Pettine said, when asked if Manziel [ More ]

Marshawn LynchNov 25 01:23p

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hernia) underwent successful sports hernia surgery Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to a source. The hope is that Lynch can return in late December.

Christian PonderNov 25 01:03p

Updating a previous item, free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders) signed with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to a source. Ponder will start out as the team's No. [ More ]

Zach ErtzNov 25 12:53p

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) is officially out for Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 26.

Ryan MathewsNov 25 12:53p

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) is officially out for Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 26.

Sam BradfordNov 25 12:53p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) is a long shot to play Thursday, Nov. 26, against the Detroit Lions. He practiced fully Wednesday, Nov. 25, and is questionable for Week 12.

Tyrod TaylorNov 25 12:43p

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) is feeling better and likely to play in Week 12, according to head coach Rex Ryan. 'I think Tyrod is going to play,' [ More ]

Devonta FreemanNov 25 12:33p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) is still in the first phase of the concussion protocol and won't practice Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Marcus ThigpenNov 25 12:23p

Buffalo Bills RB Dan Herron and WR Denarius Moore were cut Wednesday, Nov. 25. WR Marcus Thigpen was re-signed by the Bills.

Christian PonderNov 25 12:23p

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders) will sign with the Denver Broncos, according to a source. He'll be the No. 3 quarterback.

Frank GoreNov 25 11:43a

Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (knee) is out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Joseph RandleNov 25 10:43a

Free-agent RB Joseph Randle (Cowboys) was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 24, in a Kansas casino on charges including felony criminal threats, misdemeanor assault of a law enforcement officer, interference with [ More ]

Colin KaepernickNov 25 10:13a

Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) had a more significant tear in his left labrum than originally believed, according to a source. He'll require four to six months of rehabilitation.

Marshawn LynchNov 25 09:33a

Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) will have surgery Wednesday, Nov. 25, to repair a sports hernia, and he's expected to be out for a month.

Stedman BaileyNov 25 08:53a

Updating a previous report, St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey (head) will undergo surgery Wednesday, Nov. 25, after he was shot twice in the head in Florida. Bailey is [ More ]

Stedman BaileyNov 25 02:03a

St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey (head) was involved in a shooting incident Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Florida, and he suffered a head wound, according to a team source. [ More ]

Marshawn LynchNov 25 02:03a

All indications are that Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is expected to miss four to five weeks due to his abdominal injury. The hope is that Lynch is [ More ]

Thomas RawlsNov 25 02:03a

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls is expected to serve as the primary ball carrier for the game Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers with RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) missing [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
Player Notes:
Forum Posts:

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group