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Bengals-Chargers Preview Capsule

Bengals-Chargers Preview Capsule

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By The Associated Press

Thursday, December 6, 2018

CINCINNATI (5-7) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-3)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Chargers by 14 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Bengals 5-7, Chargers 7-5

SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 20-15

LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Chargers, 20-15, Sept. 20, 2015

LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Broncos 24-10; Chargers beat Steelers 33-30

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 27, Chargers No. 6

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (28), PASS (18).

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (31).

CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (10), PASS (8).

CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (11), PASS (10).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bengals have won four straight regular-season meetings, including two on road. . Bengals coach Marvin Lewis 5-3 vs. Chargers, including playoffs, but this is first meeting against Chargers’ Anthony Lynn. . Bengals started 4-1 but have dropped six of seven, including four straight. It’s their longest losing streak since 2012 and fifth time in Lewis’ 16 seasons they’ve lost four in row. They haven’t lost five straight since 2010, when they dropped 10 in row with receivers Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. ... Loss would give Bengals three straight seasons without winning record, matching longest stretch under Lewis (also 2006-08). ... QB Jeff Driskel gets second start in place of Andy Dalton, out with torn thumb ligament. Driskel was 25 of 38 for 236 yards with TD, INT and lost fumble vs. Broncos. ... WR A.J. Green out for season with injured toe on right foot. ... Bengals have scored seven, seven, seven and three points in first half during four-game skid. ... Defense last in league overall and last vs. run, allowing opponents to rush for 200 yards in three of last four games and four times overall. It’s Bengals’ worst such showing since 1998, when they allowed five 200-yard rushing games. Club record is six in 1969, second year as expansion team. ... DT Geno Atkins has seven sacks, tied for third in NFL among interior linemen. Rams’ Aaron Donald has 16 1/2, 49ers’ DeForest Buckner has nine. ... Chargers QB Philip Rivers has thrown two or more TDs in first 12 games, tied for third-longest streak to begin season in NFL history. Rivers has 10 TDs and six INTs in six games against Bengals. ... RBs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson expected to get carries if Melvin Gordon (knee) misses second straight game. ... Chargers lead AFC and third in NFL with 54 runs of 10 yards or more. ... WR Keenan Allen has caught TD pass in four straight games. ... CB Desmond King second in league, averaging 15.0 yards per punt return. ... DE Joey Bosa has three sacks in past two games. ... S Derwin James has interception in past two games. ... Fantasy tip: Jackson rushed for career-best 63 yards and scored first TD last week at Pittsburgh. He averaged 8.0 yards per carry in past two games.

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