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Chargers @ Bengals: Players To Watch

By Dave O'Rourke
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Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls the cadence before getting the snap from center Nick Hardwick (61) as running back Ryan Mathews (24) looks on against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Wow, I had about a 2% chance of writing this article this week and yet, here we are, alive baby!  And, guess what, records are out the window.  Baltimore was 10-6 last year and won the Super Bowl.  The Giants were 9-7 the year before, won the Super Bowl.  Green Bay was a wildcard at 10-6 the year before that, won the Super Bowl.  In the 05/06 season the Steelers were a number 6 seed, went on the road three times and won the Super Bowl.  My point: anything is possible!  Here are some players to watch as we get revenge on the Bengals this Sunday:

The Offensive Line

The last time we played the Bengals we had a patchwork offensive line.  Dunlap was out and Fluker was playing LT, Clary was over at RT being Clary and Troutman was forced into the lineup at LG.  This time we are at full strength on the o-line and they have been playing pretty well as a unit.  If we can stay healthy for the whole game, the Bengals are in for a shock.  It’s going to be far harder to get to Philip with this unit in front of him, hopefully it will make all the difference.