Chargers out-bungle the Bengals in loss - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
San Diego netted zero points on two Cincinnati bungles. Meanwhile, its three turnovers translated into 10 points and a victory formation. Allen’s fumble at the start arguably was most glaring. Fielding punts in place of an inactive Jacoby Jones (ankle), the wide receiver eyed the return rather than look in the catch.
Chargers lose a bad one, but it was just that - Kevin Acee (UT$)
"It’s a long season," he said later. "… It was a good game. We didn’t play great offensively. Our defense gave us some chances. But shoot, we’re 1-1. Lot of ball left. This season is a long year. This season is not a two-week deal."
Melvin Gordon Has Most Explosive Rushes Since LT in 2007 - Ricky Henne
The rookie had three rushes over 20 yards against the Bengals, becoming the first Charger to do that since LaDainian Tomlinson way back in 2007. Gordon had runs of 27, 26 and 20 yards and finished with 16 carries for 88 yards, averaging 5.5 ypc. He did so by mixing together his trademark burst, lightning-quick lateral movements and underrated strength as he isn’t afraid to run right over a would-be tackler.
Melvin Gordon flashes big-play ability in Chargers' loss - Eric Williams
"I just think our offensive line is really clicking together," Gordon said. "It’s their first time playing, and we’ve brought some new guys in. Once those guys get a bond and we get on the same track as them, we can be explosive out there as a unit."
Philip Rivers streak snapped vs. Bengals - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers entered Sunday’s game against the Bengals riding a streak of 20 consecutive completions. That run, set a week earlier versus the Lions, was the longest to end a game in NFL history. It ended on his third pass at Paul Brown Stadium, a third-down attempt skipping off the hands of a jumping Stevie Johnson.