LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS INSIDE THE NUMBERS
WEEK 1 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 13, 2020 // 4:05 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Chargers lead all-time series, 20-14
STREAKS: Bengals have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 12/9/18: Bengals 21 at Chargers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/15: Bengals 24, Chargers 19
QB TYROD TAYLOR appeared in 4 games last season. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. QB JUSTIN HERBERT was selected with 6th overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had career-high 1,550 scrimmage yards (993 rec., 557 rush) last season & 11 TDs, incl. 8 rec. TDs, most by NFL RB & most by undrafted RB in single season in common draft era. Ranked 2nd among RBs with 92 catches. Had rush TD in last meeting. Had 819 scrimmage yards (102.4 per game) & 8 TDs (6 rec., 2 rush) in 8 road games last season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had career-high 104 catches for 1,199 rec. yards & 6 TDs last season. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (DEANDRE HOPKINS & MICHAEL THOMAS) with 95+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ catches. Had 5 catches for 78 yards & TD in last meeting. WR MIKE WILLIAMS set career highs in catches (49) & rec. yards (1,001) last season. Allen & Williams were 1 of 2 AFC WR duos (Cleveland’s ODELL BECKHAM JR. & JARVIS LANDRY) each with 1,000+ rec. yards last season. TE HUNTER HENRY set career highs in catches (55) & rec. yards (652) last season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 80+ rec. yards. • DE JOEY BOSA led team with 11.5 sacks last season, his 3rd career season with 10+ sacks. Had sack in last meeting. DE MELVIN INGRAM had 7 sacks, 5 PD & INT last season. CB CHRIS HARRIS makes LAC debut after 9-year career with Den. CB CASEY HAYWARD had 8 PD & 2 INTs last season.
QB JOE BURROW was selected with 1st overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft, joining CAM NEWTON (Carolina, 2011) as only QBs to win Heisman Trophy, National Championship & be selected 1st overall in same calendar year in common draft era. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 1,137 yards & 5 TDs last season, becoming 5th player in franchise history to rush for 1,000+ yards in consecutive seasons. Had 138 scrimmage yards (111 rush, 27 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 772 scrimmage yards (96.5 per game) in 8 home games last season. RB GIOVANI BERNARD rushed for 123 yards in last home meeting. • WR A.J. GREEN aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with rec. TD. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. AFC West. WR TYLER BOYD set career highs in catches (90) & rec. yards (1,046) last season, his 2nd consecutive season with 1,000+ rec. yards. Had 52 rec. yards in last meeting. WR TEE HIGGINS was selected in 2nd round (33rd overall) of 2020 NFL Draft. TE C.J. UZOMAH aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. • DE CARLOS DUNLAP led team with 9 sacks last season. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (CAMERON JORDAN) with 7+ sacks in each of past 7 seasons. Has sack & FF in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 7th in row with PD. Has 5.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 5 career games vs. LAC. DT GENO ATKINS had sack in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with sack. S JESSIE BATES led team with career-high 9 PD & had 3 INTs last season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 105 (LAC), 81 (Cin) | XM: 380 (LAC), 226 (Cin)