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CincyPost: Message in a bottle

Discussion in 'American Football' started by WonderSlug, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    The Cincinnati Post - Message in a bottle

    Click on link for complete article.
  2. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2006

    Bengals vs. Chargers

    • Bengals need return of dominant Palmer

    TIME: 1 p.m. Sunday

    SITE: Paul Brown Stadium (65,500)

    RECORDS: Bengals (4-4), Chargers (6-2)

    SERIES: Chargers lead, 17-10; Bengals lead postseason, 1-0.

    COACHES: Bengals, Marvin Lewis (4th season, 31-25 regular season, 0-1 postseason); Chargers, Marty Schottenheimer (19th season overall, 192-126-1 regular season, 5-12 postseason).

    TV: WKRC-TV (Channel 12)

    RADIO: WLW-AM (700), WSAI-AM (1360), WOFX-FM (92.5)

    CROWD: Sold out.

    THE LAST TIME: Bengals 34, Chargers 27; Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at Qualcomm Stadium. Bengals WR Chad Johnson scored three touchdowns in the first half while QB Jon Kitna added a fourth touchdown pass as the Bengals built a 28-13 halftime lead and held on for their first win on the West Coast in 13 years. Kitna had one of his best games of the season, completing 24 of 38 passes for 243 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bengals held possession of the ball for more than 38 minutes, helped by a rushing attack that produced 210 yards. RB Corey Dillon gained 108 yards on just 18 carries, while Rudi Johnson added 55 yards on 17 carries. That balance helped offset San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson's 144 yards of total offense and WR David Boston's 139 yards receiving and two touchdowns on nine catches. Tomlinson scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 3:04 left to play but the Bengals were able to produce two first downs and ran out the clock without giving the Chargers another shot at a tying score. Chad Johnson finished with 10 receptions for 107 yards in Cincinnati's third straight win. The Bengals would go on to win their next game at Pittsburgh for a four-game winning streak, the first time they had accomplished that in a single season since 1989.

    Statistical leaders

    Rushing: Bengals, Rudi Johnson (160 carries, 629 yards, 3.9 average, 6 TD); Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson (168 carries, 828 yards, 4.9 average, 12 TD).

    Passing: Bengals, Carson Palmer (158-of-258 passes, 1879 yards, 12 TD, 6 INT, 89.3 rating); Chargers, Phillip Rivers (158-of-238 passes, 1747 yards, 10 TD, 3 INT, 96.7 rating).

    Receiving: Bengals, Chad Johnson (40 receptions, 483 yards, 12.1 average, 2 TD); Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson (38 receptions, 323 yards, 8.5 average, 2 TD).

    Sacks: Bengals, DE Justin Smith 6½; Chargers, LB Shawne Merriman 8½.

    Game keys for the Bengals

    Carson Palmer has to be the best QB on the field. He can't just be good; he needs to be at his best for the Bengals to win.

    Keep LaDainian Tomlinson under wraps. He can break for a big play on any snap from anywhere on the field.

    Get pressure on San Diego QB Phillip Rivers. He hasn't made many mistakes this season, but pressure could force some bad decisions.

    Game keys for the Chargers

    Don't turn the ball over. That hasn't been much of a problem, but there is no easier way to help the Bengals.

    Control the clock. The Chargers lead the NFL in time of possession and they want to keep Cincinnati's offense off of the field.

    Win on third downs. The Bengals have struggled on both sides of the ball in this category, particularly the last two games.


    Bengals - Out: C Rich Braham (knee), LT Levi Jones (knee), WR Kelley Washington (hamstring); Doubtful: S Kevin Kaesviharn (knee), LB Brian Simmons (neck); Probable: DT Sam Adams (knee), RT Willie Anderson (shoulder), CB Tory James (knee), RB Rudi Johnson (thigh), TE Reggie Kelly (back).

    Chargers - Out: DE Luis Castillo (ankle); Questionable: S Marlon McCree (calf), LB Shaun Phillips (calf), LB Derreck Robinson (foot); Probable: WR Vincent Jackson (leg), S Bhawoh Jue (knee)


    Oct 28, 2006
    Mcree out 2, wtf!!! Lets hope Jue can do better
  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    McCree is playing today and so is Philips

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