The Bengals Sunday took advantage of a rather lackluster day by the Chargers, and in the end got a solid day from their offense for a 24-19 win at home to improve to 2-0.
Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes, each to a different receiver in the win, as the Bengals wake up Monday as the only team in the AFC North 2-0.
The Bengals did have their share of issues during the game, as Jeremy Hill was benched for fumbling twice. The good news – his backup, Giovani Bernard, ran for 123 yards.
”It’s our offense,” said Dalton. ”There’s different things we can do. We have a good mix of everything.”
The Bengals QB threw a 9-yard TD to tight end Tyler Eifert to put the Bengals in control midway through the fourth quarter.
Dalton finished 16 of 26 for 214 yards. In wins over the Raiders and Chargers, he’s gone 41 of 60 for 483 yards with five touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks.
The game had its share of sloppy moments, as both teams missed a field goal and fumbled twice.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers was 21 of 27 for 241 yards. He added a 40-yard touchdown to Malcom Floyd with 4:20 left, cutting it to 24-19.
His final throw was intercepted by Vinny Rey at midfield with 53 seconds left to clinch it for the Bengals.
Keenan Allen fumbled a punt on the Bengals’ opening series. Two plays later, Dalton threw 16 yards to A.J. Green for a touchdown. Dalton also had a 45-yard TD to Marvin Jones.
The Bengals will be in action Sunday at Baltimore vs the Ravens.