What happens when week one’s top offensive team faces week one’s top defensive team? We will find out when the San Diego Super Chargers invade Paul Brown Stadium to face the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL odds-makers from Las Vegas are on the fence with this one. They have listed the Bengals as 3-point favorites to win this one. If this game was being played on neutral ground it would be a pick’em.
What: San Diego Chargers (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
Weather: 72 °F/ Sprinkles Early
Spread: Bengals -3
Moneyline: San Diego +150 vs Cincinnati -170
Game Total: 47
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: San Diego vs Cincinnati
Why Bet On San Diego to Beat Cincinnati (-3)
Rivers would have multiple Super Bowls with any other play-off team.
The great Philip Rivers cannot be stopped. He single handedly beat the Detroit Lions in Week 1. Detroit raced out to a 21 to 10 half time lead. Rivers and San Diego looked like they were dead in the water.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 15, 2015
All Rivers did was lead the Chargers to a 23 to 7 second half score. San Diego ended up winning the game 33 to 28. It was another awesome performance by a player that has had many awesome performances. Philip the Great threw for 404 yards when completing 35 out of 42 passes. He did throw 2 picks but he also threw 2 touchdowns. More importantly, he led his team. A lot of NFL fans think that the quarterback doesn’t have to be a leader. Maybe, that’s true. What nobody can deny is that it certainly helps if the QB is the leader.
Rivers is just an awesome player. San Diego is definitely going to need him to come up big again in Week 2 because the Chargers rushing attack most likely won’t get on track. The Chargers defense isn’t very good and it faces an excellent Cincinnati offense.
Why Bet On Cincinnati (-3) to Beat San Diego
Is this the year Dalton pops?
Not counting a scramble by QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit only ran the ball 15 times versus San Diego. How do you run the ball only 15 times against a defense that allowed your best back, rookie Ameer Abdullah, to average 7 yards a carry? What were the Lions thinking?
Cincinnati won’t make that mistake. The Bengals have one of the top rushing attacks in all of professional football. RB Jeremy Hill is thunder while RB Giovani Bernard is lightning. Both guys rushed for 63 yards in Week 1. Bernard had the better per carry average, but that’s to be expected since when Cincinnati puts him the game, most defenses start thinking pass.
— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2015
Bernard also caught all 6 of his targets for 25 yards. Cincinnati has their own version of Darren Sproles and DeMarco Murray in Philadelphia. The rushing attack yielded 127 yards on the ground. Because the Bengals stuck to the run, things opened up for QB Andy Dalton.
Dalton was brilliant versus the Raiders’ defense in Week 1. He completed 25 out of 34 passes for 269 yards. He threw 2 touchdown passes. He was in full control of the offense. A rushing attack can do wonders for your QB.
San Diego doesn’t have much of a shot in this game. Bet on the Bengals. My final score prediction is Cincinnati 35 , San Diego 21 .