Bengals vs. Chargers - 9/20/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Chargers (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -3 -- Over/Under: 45.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals meet Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
The San Diego Chargers look for another big win after coming back against the Detroit Lions. Philip Rivers is completing 83.3 percent of his passes for 404 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Rivers has seven interceptions in his last three games. Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson have combined for more than 240 receiving yards and one touchdown while Ladarius Green has five receptions. The San Diego Chargers ground game is averaging 95 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 51 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, San Diego is allowing 28 points and 302 yards per game. Eric Weddle leads the Chargers with nine tackles, Kyle Emanuel has a sack and Patrick Robinson has an interception. Jacoby Jones, Craig Mager, Jeremiah Attaochu and Tourek Williams are questionable.
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The Cincinnati Bengals look to improve to 2-0 after beating up the Oakland Raiders. Andy Dalton is completing 73.5 percent of his passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Dalton has six touchdown passes in his last three regular season games. Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green have combined for more than 160 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Mohamed Sanu has two receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 127 yards per contest, and Giovani Bernard leads the way with 63 yards on eight carries. Defensively, Cincy is allowing 13 points and 246 yards per game. Adam Jones leads the Bengals with 10 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has a sack and Reggie Nelson has an interception. George Iloka, Joshua Shaw and Marcus Hardison are questionable.
Could Dalton possibly be turning the corner after three straight solid regular season performances? Wait, did I just ask that question? The Bengals hav all of the talent to be a threat in the AFC but struggle with consistency. Problem is that so does Rivers for San Diego, as we saw last week.
Overall, I trust Cincinnati a little bit more at home than I do San Deigo traveling a long way away from home. Give me the Bengals.