Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wrap-Up: Bengals 20, Chargers 13
By Bill Williamson
A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 20-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday:
What it means The Chargers’ season continues to fall apart. They are now 4-8 and have lost seven of their past eight games. It seems highly likely that both coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will be fired. It is not a good time in San Diego.
Yet another blown game: Cincinnati scored 10 answered points in the fourth quarter to come back and win. Blowing games late has been a theme of San Diego's 2012 season.
Not much running: The Chargers ran the ball just 11 times. Ryan Mathews had 26 yards on nine carries. At some point, Mathews is going to have to make an impact. The Chargers have not had a 100-yard rusher all season, and it seems like they are abandoning the run in their game plan.
Rivers solid: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was forced to throw 48 times. The game plan got away from San Diego in the second half after a solid first half by Rivers. He ended up throwing for 280 yards and one interception. Once again, Rivers needed more help, and he isn’t getting it. Right tackle Jeromey Clary was hurt, and a weak offensive line got weaker.
What’s next: The Chargers travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Sunday.