Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is brought down by San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget (94, right) and outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Open Thread: Bengals @ Chargers


Well, here we are again. Almost exactly one year ago to the day, the San Diego Chargers hosted the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. That contest was won by the Bengals by a score of 20-13. The then 4-8 Chargers put up a fight against the 7-5 Bengals, but came up short. Rivers only completed 26 of 48 receptions for 280 yards, and one touchdown. He also lost a fumble, and threw an interception. The defense held Dalton to 25 of 38 receptions on the day, with only 211 yards. Liuget had a sack (picture above), Demmorio Williams had a pick-six, and Lynch grabbed an interception. Danario Alexander had a TD grab. But, it was not enough to overcome a 118 yard rushing performance by Green-Ellis.

This year, the circumstances are slightly different, but not by much. The Bengals are heading up their division with a 7-4 record, and the Chargers are fighting to keep in the hunt for the final wild-card spot, with a 5-6 record. The tables have completely flipped for our team this year. The o-line has been surprisingly stout,after being awful in 2012. Philip Rivers is having an MVP caliber year, and he is not turning the ball over. However, the defense that put the pressure on Dalton last year, is essentially a shell of itself this year. Our team is banged up, and tons of guys have been asked to step up on both sides of the ball.

To have a successful day, Rivers must play near-flawless football. The secondary will have their hands full with A.J. Green, and will have to get help from our 3rd string pass rush. I really can’t tell if this will be a shootout, or a low-scoring game, like last year. The Bengals defense has been very good all year, but lost their star nose tackle (Gino Atkins) a few games ago. Andy Dalton has been as inconsistent as it gets, putting up ridiculous points one week, and getting nothing going the next. Still, their record speaks for itself. The Chargers will have to get this home crowd into the game!!!

So, here’s to our boys pulling out a great victory, and starting a home-game winning streak that carries us to the promise land of the playoffs! I want to see sacks, hurries, pressures, turnovers, and nastiness from this defense! As for the offense, they just need to continue what they did last week, when they DOMINATED a top-notch Kansas City defense.

If you have never been to one of our open threads, please feel free to post in the comments section below. We will be cheering, laughing, crying, yelling, and showing our Charger Pride, as the game plays out. All are welcome, but keep comments above the belt, and don’t be a troll, or witness the wrath of Bolt Beat Nation… hahahaha. Most of all, enjoy yourself = )

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!

Peter Thompson


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  • Guest

    let me guess holding on clary

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I thought it would be Troutman.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Time for the o-line to take their turn sucking.

  • navw21

    what kinda route is that on third an 10?

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      a dumb one.

  • William Boren

    One score game

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    False hope? I am a mess… how about you?

    • arnie

      Prove me wrong…that all i ask.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    They are gonna run til the cows come home, or go over the middle. Is Te’O capable of an INT? I keep hearing he can do that.

    • Sandy

      Te’o is overrated and needs to go back to his skills on the internet!

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    THERE’S the dumb fucking Troutman penalty! I was wondering when it would come.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thst boy is a “dumb penalty” machine. Take him behind the shed please!

  • William Boren

    I think they blue hard in his ear

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Green doesn’t need to be covered.

  • VCT

    time to shut off my tv..

  • arnie

    It’s been fun people….bye

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Bye, Arnie. Always a pleasure my good man ; )

  • Daryl Peek

    And that’s the difference in coaching up a player who made a mistake VS. coaching scared. Green Ellis got the rock again right after a costly mistake.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Please shoot this horse in the head!!! And by horse… I mean Troutman for getting that penalty… momentum killer.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    This is the second time that Green-Ellis has fucked us.See post above. Just like last year. Gilchrist is a chump too.

  • navw21

    this has to be one of the worst showings ever for a run Defense in the history of football

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      from the minute the whistle blew.

    • Daryl Peek

      Naw, the game in DC was embarrassing! WTH happened to our stout front seven from last season? Do we miss Spikes that much?!? SMH

      • blu3ny3llow

        We miss Franklin at the NT spot

        • Joel Ayala

          Agreed. cam simply is a backup at best. non factor in the trenches.

    • Sergio Quintero

      TT worst decision was trusting C.Thomas over Aubreyo Franklin at NT

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Maybe.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Expression of the new regime: “He wasn’t our guy.” Doesn’t matter if “their guy” is a step backwards–just wasn’t their guy.

  • blu3ny3llow

    Well at least KC @SD tickets will be cheap…but fuck man was hoping for that game to mean something……. I guess y’all know the rest………maybe next year……..drink up til I throw up BoLTZ UP

  • Brandon Reisinger

    I’m so done with team this year. Onto next season

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    McCoy & Whisenhunt went back to their pre-Kansas City conservative game plan, and never once deviated from it. Gates gets a dunce cap this season. You can’t blame this all on the D.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Maybe Gates worst game of his career

  • Derek

    Cam Thomas has been irrelevant all season! We need to draft a nt since the fa’s we picked up can’t get any playing time

  • Brandon Reisinger

    This just didn’t look like a team that wanted to win today. I bet they’ll lose to the Giants then go best the Broncos

  • Daryl Peek

    Raises white flag (sigh) the BOLT season is over… playing for draft position now.

  • navw21

    And the Chargers are out of it. Not that they were ever really in it. So
    it turns out to be the usual from my team, seasons over by early
    December ‪#‎Boltup‬

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      What are you talking about? They are going to FINALLY learn from this loss, and go on a 5 game winning streak, just so that they can blow thier draft position. Good news is that TT hit on a good 1st rounder anyway ; )

  • FitzWilly

    Tx Grand-Pa Gates for costing us the game
    Fucking turnovers killed us
    This D Fuckin Sux .Period.

  • Sergio Quintero

    The chargers need at least one star player on defense from free agency, and a high pick from the draft. The lack of production from WR2 is depressing.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I dunno… just go total draft at this point. Stop “pretending” to compete, and just rebuild. Especially, if you are going to call a game THIS conservatively. A high dollar free agent will probably get hurt in camp, even if they make a good one.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    It is what it is. These coaches are passing around a gun, and taking turns shooting themselves in the foot. Too bad. I say that because all three of them have a chance at retaining their jobs, but Mathews probably doesn’t.

    • Derek

      We gotta keep Mathews. I dono bout fa but nobody looks good in the draft. Just hope he don’t pull a flacco on us

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I’m skeptical, honestly. Otherwise, they would have used him more. He is playing great, but Whisenhunt deliberately keeps him off the field. Gates should probably be traded before him, but they will get rid of Mathews, because he isn’t “Their Guy”.

        • Daryl Peek

          Keep in mind who Whiz is as an OC. He’s the guy who changed the Steeler SM identity offensively.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Take his scheme, and kick him to the curb.

        • Derek

          Whizz has proven that it’s not Matthews that’s the problem it’s him. I hope McCoy sees that. I see Ryan having a knowshon like resurgence next season

  • Blue&gold_blood

    As a die hard charger fan, why I’m I not heart broken or feel anything at all ?

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I wrote a piece about being “numb” a while back. People didn’t like it.. lol.

    • Derek

      Because this team was depleted by gm purge and injuries playing against a much better team I’m surprised it wasn’t worse

    • Sandy

      Because its the same bs every year!! They’ve never won a super bowl and never will because there’s no heart in the team and Rivers is so scared he’s gonna get hit.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Rivers isn’t the problem. Clearly.

        • Sandy

          No but he’s a sissy . So afraid hes gonna get hit hell he falls 10 yards before anyone is near him.

          • Derek

            And you’d rather a mike Vick qb who is only good for 3 game stretches. Phill is the reason we win 90% of the time. He’s not a scrambler never will be.

          • Daryl Peek

            It is time to at least start thinking next QB as far as draft goes. Especially given how deep this coming years draft looks to be. Not saying Rivers is done or the problem but it’s just time to think future.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            LOL… I knew you would feel that way.

          • Daryl Peek

            Hey at least I’m not kicking PR to the curb like a stepchild *looking*

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            What about Sorrensen?

          • Daryl Peek

            Gotta see him first. I would say he’s a better option than Rivers. I’d rather they draft a reputable and let him duke it out for #2 next season with Brad. PR will be in the last year of his contract right. And there’s the possibility the FO might be thinking blow it all up, given PR’s cap number next season. That was an article earlier this year?

          • Stefanie Smith

            How many QBs should they carry? We already have Sorrenson. There are other spots to fill. Rivers is not the problem and getting another one of their guys is not the answer either. Should we carry 4 on the roster? If they dumped Rivers for one of these other jamokes, it will be years of a Geno Smith atmosphere before we ever get to even the playoffs.

            Personally, I am sick of waiting and the proverbial—”When is the draft?” Maybe next year.”

            If we can’t even get to a .500 season–then we are worse than we were last year. I know, I know, there are a ton of excuses for the new guys. They still did not come through.

          • Daryl Peek

            How did you perceive what I said as the team carrying 4 QB’s? Whitehurst would be gone no doubt and the team would still have 3 QB’s on roster. I did not say Rivers was the problem but 10 years into his career he’s not the answer to the big stage, picture so far either.

            I’m not saying give up on Rivers I’m just saying there’s nothing wrong with a conversation of thinking beyond him.

          • Stefanie Smith

            I didn’t perceive that you said anything. I was posing the question rhetorically. We already have one on the roster besides Charlie. That is Sorrenson. Why would we need to have another which would make 4? That is what I asked. I don’t see why we are carrying Sorrenson on the roster (we currently carry three QBs). Not many teams do that these days, especially when we have so many holes to fill elsewhere.

          • Stefanie Smith

            He is the answer if the rest of the team is similar to what the Broncos have going. HIgh powered talented playmakers and an adequate, competent defense-not a hodgepodge of scrubs that are other team’s discards

          • Daryl Peek

            I’d like to think my 100 million dollar QB can make due with less like say Brady.

            Under .500 can be done by Geno Smith or Jake Locker with less. Ryan Tannehill can have you at .500 or above with less. Enough with the Rivers is irreplaceable… See the Colts, Niners, Seahawks and Eagles.

  • Lee

    Does this mean we’re 100 percent out of the playoffs?

    • Sandy

      Even if we got lucky they wouldn’t come to play and win.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Like the last two times we had all kinds of help across the league, and couldn’t get the job done.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      No. The Steelers, Titans, Jets, and Chargers still have to win out to have a chance.

    • Daryl Peek

      Our conference record is 3-7, ITS A WRAP FOR THE BOLTS

  • Derek

    Just figured out why this game was almost ours! Cox wasn’t playing!! Dalton couldn’t find his hot read lol. I truly hope he get it together by next season

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Cincinnati & Miami are always our bugaboos. Cincy always spoils our chances. What’s sad, is that they never play well enough to deserve that honor. They just don’t have to play like the Chargers do.

  • Daryl Peek

    HEART! That’s what I thought we showed last week but once again the team came like the Lion in the Wizard of Oz pre heart.

  • Joel Ayala

    Bolt fam.. I was at the game. and honestly Wright sucks and Thomas is at best a back up NT. he was not clogging the holes at all so far this year. we need to sign a stud NT or raft one. and Gates needs to tuck the ball away when he catches the ball for Pete’s sake. I’m really disappointed on what we dished out today. Cox name wasn’t announced at all which was a good thing..is it time for draft talk?

  • Sergio Quintero

    With this loss I would be pretty much shocked if the chargers activate Ingram to play this season, sad for all of his hard work, and to not play.

    Playing for next year is never fun to say, but its certainly fits, Cincy outplayed the guys today, and they lost too many close games, and are left with a rebuilding season because of it.

  • FitzWilly

    That was fun
    Now what?

  • Stefanie Smith

    One of the best debacles of the entire game is the blown coverage of AJ Green in the end zone.

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  • doomedby2020

    Last time I am spending 2 quarters trying to get my laptop to show the blacked-out game just to see the Chargers play pathetically.