What matters: These teams are headed in opposite directions. Cincinnati has won three in a row by 18 points or more, and San Diego has lost six of its last seven. Both teams, however, are on the outside of the playoff picture and are in need of a win to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Brown weighs risk vs. reward: The Chargers offense is a disappointing 24th overall. A battered O-line is largely responsible for the decline, but lack of production from wide receivers share in the blame. San Diego has gotten very little out of free agent additions WR Robert Meachem (Saints) and WR Eddie Royal (Broncos). Meanwhile WR Vincent Brown has missed the entire season with a broken ankle.
5 – Previewing 2013? – Chargers rookie safety Brandon Taylor is expected to make his NFL debut, as is Jonas Mouton, a second-round selection in 2011. With starter Jarret Johnson (back) questionable, the team’s first-round selection this year, Melvin Ingram, could see more snaps, even if he doesn’t start.
Jared Gaither became a Charger a year ago Friday. The left tackle saved the day and nearly salvaged a lost season in 2011 with five excellent performances. He signed Nov. 30, 2011, started the next game and healed an ailing offensive line.
Easy question, Michael “The Burner” Turner. What a football player. Understand that when there is a running back lined up in your backfield that is 5-foot-10 and weighs a nimble 250 pounds, you have the premium piece to set up your offense for long-term success.
I’m enjoying life in San Diego. The city is cool and laid back. I like it and it’s what I expected. Everything’s been pretty cool from that standpoint. I don’t really like to go out a lot, but I’m a big movie guy so my wife and I head over to Cinepolis in Del Mar quite a lot. That’s our spot. We like to head there and relax. The last movie we saw was Lincoln. It was pretty cool so I recommend it.