The Chargers found a way to comeback last week against the Lions, but Sunday in Cincinnati it was another story, as they were sloppy all day in a 24-19 loss to the Bengals.
San Diego couldn’t fight back, as they trailed 14-6 at the half, and while they had shots in the second half they were unable to close the deal after a Philip Rivers last pick clinched it for the Bengals.
Rivers was 21-for-27 for 241 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in the loss to drop San Diego to 1-1.
The Chargers QB threw a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the second half, the 255th of his career that moved him ahead of Dan Fouts for the club record. Fouts was at Paul Brown Stadium as a television analyst.
”It’s humbling to think about,” said Rivers. ”It’s not as sweet right now because we lost the game. Once I’ve had a chance to take a deep breath and look back, I’ll be thankful.”
Rivers 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 send San Diego home on the short end of the stick.
Both teams missed a field goal and fumbled twice.
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 Chargers D couldn’t stop Bengals running back Gio Bernard, who ran over them for 123 yards.
San Diego got a decent outing of rookie RB Melvin Gordon. The back carried 16 times for 88 yards. He had runs of 20, 26 and 27 yards.
Next week San Diego will travel to play the Vikings Sunday at Minnesota