After losing to Cincinnati the last time they met, the Chargers decided to demonstrate that turnabout is fair play. The Chargers managed a somewhat close 26-21 victory over Cincinnati.
Austin Ekeler, who rushed for 66 yards and 1 touchdown on 15 carries, was a major factor in the Chargers’s success. Ekeler didn’t help their cause against Pittsburgh last Sunday much, which puts this performance into even sharper relief.
The end zone more or less eluded the Chargers offense, but the special teams had an easier time scoring. Special teams gathered 14 points — more than the standard offense. Kicker Mike Badgley was good for four field goals.
Cincinnati got a solid performance out of Joe Mixon, who rushed for 111 yards and 1 touchdown on 26 carries; unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough for the win.
The victory was the third in a row for the Chargers and raised their record to 10-3. Cincinnati’s loss makes it five in a row and drags their record down to 5-8.
The Chargers will square off against Kansas City at 8:20 p.m. next week. Kansas City’s defense will surely be attentive in the film room this week preparing for an the Chargers offense that has put up 36 points on average. Cincinnati will take on Oakland at home at 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati are expected to win — but not by much — so they will need to come into the game prepared for a fight.