DECEMBER 1, 2013
TIME: 4:25 p.m. Sunday
PLACE: Qualcomm Stadium (Grass)
LOCAL RADIO: Play-by-play Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham led by Triple Cast of WLW 700 AM, ESPN AM 1530 and WEBN FM 102.7 on the 25-station Bengals radio network.
TV: CBS broadcast team of play-by-play Ian Eagle and analyst Dan Fouts on Cincinnati's Channel 12, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.
CIN: OUT: Starting RG
SD: Starting TE Antonio Gates (hamstring), starting C Nick Hardwick (neck), WR Eddie Royal (toe, chest) didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday. T King Dunlap (neck) and starting OLB Jarret Johnson (hand) went limited Thursday after sitting Wednesday.
Chargers lead, 19-13; 10-6 at home
» Chargers new head coach Mike McCoy made his debut calling NFL plays as Broncos offensive coordinator in 2009 against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in the famous Spike Strike game when Denver beat the Bengals on a tipped 87-yard pass with 11 seconds left.
» With a win on Sunday, the Bengals can move to 8-4 and put three games between them and Pittsburgh (5-7) and two between Baltimore (6-6) in the AFC North with four to play.
» A win would also make Marvin Lewis the first Bengals head coach to win three games in San Diego. Paul Brown, the club's first head coach, won two. Forrest Gregg and Sam Wyche each won one.
» The Bengals played their first regular-season game in San Diego during the inaugural 1968 season on the night of Sept. 6. They actually had a 7-0 lead on running back Paul Robinson's two-yard run that began his 1,000-yard jaunt for that season, but ended up losing 29-13. As on this Sunday the Bengals faced a a dangerous quarterback. John Hadl threw touchdown passes of 48 and 56 yards to Willie Frazier in the second half.
» In a battle of AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates, Bengals RB
» Bengals WR
» In what looks to be the second game of his NFL career, Bengals S
CIN: 10th in scoring, 10th in offense (20th rushing, 10th passing); 6th in scoring defense, 7th in defense (10th rushing, 6th passing), T-17th in turnover margin at minus-2.
SD: 13th in scoring, 6th in offense (17th rushing, 4th passing); T-15th in scoring defense, 29th in defense (17th rushing, 27th passing), T-22nd in turnover margin at minus-4.
CIN: Marvin Lewis 86-84-1 regular season, 0-4 postseason in his 11th season; 3-2 vs. Chargers.
SD: Mike McCoy 5-6 in his first season, 0-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for sunny skies and temperatures of 70 degrees with winds out of the northeast at about five miles per hour with no chance of rain.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 37-49-1 - Marvin Lewis road record
» 24-23 - Lewis record in December
» 13-7 - Lewis record in last five Decembers
» 6-11 - Lewis road record against teams in AFC and NFC West
» 32-29 - Lewis record on grass
» 392 - Yards passing for Chargers QB Philip Rivers in win over Kansas City last week
» 367 - Yards passing for Bengals QB
» 4 - Times Rivers has thrown for at least 390 yards this season, tying an NFL record
» 10/18/09 - Last time Bengals allowed a QB 390 yards passing (Houston's Matt Schaub with 392)
» 4 - Times Bengals sacked Rivers last season
» 26-5 - Rivers' December record with two of the losses coming to Bengals
» 6-3 - Dalton's December record with one win over Chargers
» 20 - Times Rivers has been sacked this season in 11 games
» 29 - Sacks by Chargers, 15th in NFL per pass
» 26 - Sacks by Bengals, 13th in NFL per pass
» 34 - Sacks allowed by Bengals, ninth in NFL per pass
» 809 - Combined scrimmage yards for Bengals RB Giovani Bernard, second among NFL rookies
» 737 - Receiving yards for Chargers WR Keenan Allen, tops among NFL rookie receivers
» 446 - Receiving yards for Bengals WR
» 3 - TD catches for Allen
» 7 - TD catches for Jones
» 59 - NFL-leading receptions for a running back by San Diego's Danny Woodhead
» 42 - Receptions by Bernard
» 10 - Projected team-leading sacks for Bengals LE
» 1,483 - Projected receiving yards for Bengals WR A.J. Green, a club record