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Bengals top Chargers, face showdown with Colts

A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Marcus Gilchrist AP

The Bengals kept their two-game lead in the AFC North with a 17-10 victory at San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Bengals moved to 8-4. They are the No. 4 seed in the AFC. The Bengals play the third-seeded Colts next Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Ravens (6-6) and Steelers (5-7) are Cincinnati’s closest competitors in the division.

The Chargers, meanwhile, fell to 5-7. They are one game out of the final playoff spot in the conference.

The Bengals’ offense found a groove after halftime, racking up 250 yards and 10 points in the final two quarters to secure victory. Quarterback Andy Dalton’s 21-yard TD pass to A.J. Green gave the Bengals the lead for good late in the third quarter.

Dalton threw for 190 yards and was picked once, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis added 92 yards rushing for Cincinnati. Green-Ellis also lost a fumble, which set up a Nick Novak field goal with 4:43 left and cut the Bengals’ lead to 17-10. However, Cincinnati would run out the clock with a 11-play, 61-yard drive, and Green-Ellis’ five-yard run off right end gave the Bengals their final and clinching first down.

The Chargers twice turned the ball over in Cincinnati territory, with Antonio Gates fumbling in the first quarter and having a pass taken away from him in the third quarter. Also, rookie wideout Keenan Allen (game-high 106 receiving yards) lost a fourth-quarter fumble, setting up a Cincinnati field goal.

Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 252 yards and a touchdown for San Diego, which hosts the Giants next Sunday.

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36 Responses to “Bengals top Chargers, face showdown with Colts”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 1, 2013 8:03 PM

    The Chargers and the Raiders both suck.

    The difference is that the Raiders are rebuilding and have 70 million to spend next year, while the Chargers remain hopeless and ringless.

    Choo choo!

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 1, 2013 8:07 PM

    The Cincinnati Bengals had 164 rushing yards against San Diego’s 17th ranked RUSH Defense.

    I hope the Bengals can do it again against Indianapolis 26th ranked RUSH Defense.

    Bolts allow 113 rushing yards per game
    Colts allow 125 rushing yards per game

  3. ravenswhat says: Dec 1, 2013 8:11 PM

    Dalton is pathetic when you consider how many ridiculous weapons he really has.

  4. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:11 PM

    Steelers are toast, ravens have to win out just to get in the playoffs. The AFC north belongs to the bengals! WHO DEY!!

  5. mikebrownfeedsondreams says: Dec 1, 2013 8:15 PM

    The depth of the Bengals defense is amazing. Still one of the best defenses in the league despite some injuries that would cripple most teams.

    Great defense and a running game? I’ll take that into the postseason.

    WHO DEY!

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 1, 2013 8:17 PM

    Yeah… those great weapons like non-explosive, undependable Jermaine Gresham and the Invisible Duo (#2-#3 wide receivers – Marvin Jones/Mohamed Sanu)

    Jermaine Gresham = 0 rec. – 0 yards

    #2 wide receiver Marvin Jones = 2 rec. – 12 yards

    #3 wide receiver Mohamed Sanu = 1 rec. – 9 yards

    *Against San Diego’s 28th ranked defensive secondary

  7. moosealiny says: Dec 1, 2013 8:26 PM

    Born Steeler fan here. Cincy minus a huge meltdown has this division(terrible division) wrapped up. My pre season suberbowl picks were Atlanta(whoops) versus Cincy or Denver. I gave Cincy the nod over the broncos bc of the Bengals defense. The d took a big but not season altering hit when Atkins was lost. Although they are having a nice season I think the Bengals are not playing up to their capabilities. They have a young and very talented squad. I think Andy Dalton needs to improve alot for them to be a real contender for a championship

  8. ken14andersonforhof says: Dec 1, 2013 8:28 PM

    hey RAVENSWHAT…WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, we will see what FLACO Cant do in week 17 at PBS…WHO DEY Great win for Bengals! who dey!!

  9. slaugin says: Dec 1, 2013 8:46 PM

    Maybe they make the playoffs but Marvin Lewis will screw it up

  10. ravenswhat says: Dec 1, 2013 8:49 PM

    Yet they still can’t conquer the Ravens. What’s their record against them this year?

    You guys play us 10 times we win 7 of them. Dalton’s noodle arm scares nobody. Nobody.

  11. rgwhodey says: Dec 1, 2013 9:18 PM

    noodle arm? what do you call that on that 20 million dollar quarterback that crippled the Ravens? weird

  12. djigel says: Dec 1, 2013 9:20 PM

    The Bengals D is very impressive even with the injuries shutting down the Chargers after they racked up a ton of points last week against the Chiefs… The turnovers were nice, even though the first was a questionable one – they bent a bit but did not break.

    That said – Dalton NEEDS to get better. The INT was awful, he sailed a lot of passes and still has a lot of trouble with his decision making. He doesn’t seem to have that next level. The frustrating part for me as a Bengals fan is that if he really developed, they would be incredible. But even with a vastly simplified game plan, his arm isn’t strong enough and his decision making is way off base sometimes. He seems good enough to make the Bengals think he will grow, but I, for one, am not sure he will ever progress beyond where he is now.

    Still looks like they will be in the playoffs. Hoping I can pop the bottle of champagne I have had on ice for the past 2+ years waiting for them to win a playoff game!

  13. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 1, 2013 9:41 PM

    @ravenswhat
    Your mocking of Dalton sounds stupid when Flacco would be trading up to get Dalton’s numbers this season. Jealousy is an ugly trait.

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 1, 2013 9:42 PM

    Marvin Jones needs to get better.
    Only 5 games totaling over 50 yards.
    Only 1 game over 100 yards.

    Mohamed Sanu needs to get better.
    Only 5 games over 30 yards.
    Only 2 games over 47 yards.

    Gresham is undependable and lacks explosiveness.

    From 2011-2011… Gresham has the 2nd highest drop rate of all NFL tight ends.

    In 2012…. Gresham led NFL tight ends in dropped passes.

    Only 1 game over 100 yards
    Only 8 games over 64 yards (4 NFL seasons)

  15. boberto21 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:45 PM

    Ravenswhat you do realize since Marvin took over the Bengals are 11-9 against the Ravens.

  16. craigmrr321 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:49 PM

    A win is a win

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 1, 2013 9:51 PM

    Those Marvin Jones/Sanu/Gresham numbers are CAREER NUMBERS…. NOT 2013 season.

    Marvin Jones (2 NFL seasons):
    Only 5 games totaling over 50 yards.
    Only 1 game over 100 yards.

    Mohamed Sanu (2 NFL seasons):
    Only 5 games over 30 yards.
    Only 2 games over 47 yards.

    Jermaine Gresham (4 NFL Seasons):
    Only 1 game over 100 yards
    Only 8 games over 64 yards

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 1, 2013 9:52 PM

    Bengals playing real well on defense. Think they beat the Colts.

  19. ravenswhat says: Dec 1, 2013 9:58 PM

    boberto21 says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:45 PM
    Ravenswhat you do realize since Marvin took over the Bengals are 11-9 against the Ravens.

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    What’s their record against Harbaugh? Oh, ok. Next.

  20. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 1, 2013 10:00 PM

    Just as a comparison….

    Over 17 NFL seasons…. juiced up tony gonzalez averages 2 100 yard receiving games per season and 5.7 games with over 64 receiving yards per season.

    Jeremy Shockey averaged 1.8 100 yard games per season in his 11 seasons and 2.4 games with over 64 yards per season.

  21. chinahand11 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:01 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:51 PM

    Those Marvin Jones/Sanu/Gresham numbers are CAREER NUMBERS…. NOT 2013 season.

    Marvin Jones (2 NFL seasons):
    Only 5 games totaling over 50 yards.
    Only 1 game over 100 yards.

    Mohamed Sanu (2 NFL seasons):
    Only 5 games over 30 yards.
    Only 2 games over 47 yards.

    Jermaine Gresham (4 NFL Seasons):
    Only 1 game over 100 yards
    Only 8 games over 64 yards

    Dang. SMH, man, SMH.

  22. ravenswhat says: Dec 1, 2013 10:01 PM

    rgwhodey says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:18 PM
    noodle arm? what do you call that on that 20 million dollar quarterback that crippled the Ravens? weird

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    What do I call Flacco’s arm? A rocket. You must not watch football if you think he has a weak arm.

    Also lol at cripple the Ravens. You can only hope Dalton ever signs a huge contract after winning a SB. But that ain’t happening on either front.

  23. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 1, 2013 10:17 PM

    2012 Joe Flacco w/ Boldin/Smith/Pitta, Rice:

    3817 yards – 87 QB rating

    22 td – 10 int – 9 fumbles

    59% completions

    2012 Andy Dalton w/ Green/Gresham/5’6″ Hawkins/rookie Jones/BGE:

    3669 yards – 87 QB rating

    21 td – 15 int – 4 fumbles

    61% completions

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 1, 2013 10:18 PM

    Colts, Steelers, Vikes and Ravens. You might win the ravens game, but a 9-7 finish is looking about right, wouldn’t be too shocked if you lost out.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 1, 2013 10:20 PM

    CORRECTION:

    2012 Joe Flacco w/ Boldin/Smith/Pitta, Rice:

    3817 yards – 87 QB rating
    22 td – 10 int – 9 fumbles
    59% completions

    2012 Andy Dalton w/ Green/Gresham/5’6″ Hawkins/rookie Jones/BGE:

    3669 yards – 87 QB rating
    27 td – 16 int – 4 fumbles
    62% completions

  26. alan3008 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:08 PM

    Go Bengals! Who dey!

  27. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 1, 2013 11:09 PM

    @clownofthehelmet
    Given that you were claiming a few weeks ago that the Steelers would finish the season at 10-6, nobody is taking your predictions seriously. Clowns make us laugh.

  28. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:29 PM

    A lot of butthurt from the Ravens crowd tonight jeez. Get over yourselves kiddies the bengals with a mediocre QB is still better than the turd birds lol.

  29. i10east says: Dec 2, 2013 12:16 AM

    Well on the bright side, the Chargers fans who did not attend the game couldn’t see that awful performance.

  30. hopelessincincy says: Dec 2, 2013 12:45 AM

    can anybody say once again ‘one and done’ ? Dalton sucks…even Weeden threw for more yards than this pathetic clown…one and done….huh? Anybody?

  31. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Dec 2, 2013 1:32 AM

    Unless arrest records count for points, Colts by a 18. Look for another BJGE fumble, the guy hasn’t been the same since the Patriots decided not to resign him.

  32. verybadadvice12 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:42 AM

    LOL Bengals = 1 and done.

  33. mercurialcj says: Dec 2, 2013 5:18 AM

    Why is there a Ravens fan here? Shouldn’t you be celebrating the fact that you just hit .500 on the season? Boy, that Flacco is worth every penny.

  34. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 9:36 AM

    Ravenswhat, go sulk in your sadness elsewhere. I’d rather have an inconsistent young QB with upside who’s still on his rookie contract than an inconsistent aging QB locked in a $121,000,000 contract.

    Ravens won two questionable Super Bowls with average QBs. They’ve now cemented themselves in mediocrity by overpaying said average QB and letting go of their best offensive weapons. Enjoy the new factory of Sadness. At least in Cleveland, the fans are passionate enough to endure losing. You guys are going to be horrible losers.

  35. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 9:53 AM

    kissmytaintpatriotsrule, Seriously??? A patriots fan with jab about Bengals players having problems with the law. I guess you haven’t watched football in the last two years.

    Just in case you missed it. One of your star tight ends is in jail on suspicion of multiple homicides. One of your sad excuses for a Welker replacement was arrested last year for groping a girl at a bar.

    Oh yeah, you also managed to make it to another Super Bowl against the Giants. Sorry, you lost, again…

  36. dasmol says: Dec 2, 2013 11:44 AM

    Yes, the Chargers and the raiders both suck. The difference being that the Chargers have a franchise QB, and the raiders have 70 million next season to sign 4 new QB’s and keep one (who still won’t be as good as Rivers).

    The Chargers were flat yesterday, from the players to the crowd to the tailgating. I don’t know what it was, let-down from the previous week’s big win, the Holiday or what, but they didn’t come to play. And our home crowd really sucks sometimes.

    It certainly didn’t help that Cincy’s D was passing through our O-line like salsa through JoeToronto

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