Quick Take: Chargers at Bengals

December, 29, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- Three things to know about the San Diego Chargers' matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC wild-card round at 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium:

1. Nothing to lose: San Diego is a hot team, winning five of their last six, including four straight to finish the regular season. They can go into the playoffs with a loose and care-free attitude as the No. 6 seed. At 5-7 at one point this season, few NFL observers expected the Chargers to make the postseason. But with one of the top offenses in the league, San Diego should be a tough test in the AFC.

2. Road warriors: One thing the Chargers can lean on is the team’s success on the road this season, finishing 4-4, including wins over two playoffs teams in Denver and Kansas City. Those victories should give this team confidence going into a hostile environment on the road. San Diego, of course, faces a Cincinnati team the Chargers played earlier this season, losing 17-10 at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 1. So San Diego coach Mike McCoy should have some familiarity in game-planning for the Bengals.

3. Experience at QB: The Chargers have another advantage with an experienced hand at quarterback in Philip Rivers. Although Rivers is 3-4 in the playoffs as a starter, the game should not be too big for him, having played on the road in the postseason at New England and Pittsburgh in the past.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter



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