Ben­gals (5-7) at Charg­ers (9-3)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - Week 14 Matchups - Kyle Posey

Sun­day 4:05 p.m. ET, StubHub Cen­ter, Los An­ge­les

TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan's line: by 14 ⁄2

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Ben­gals key to vic­tory: The Ben­gals are reel­ing, los­ing four in a row. QB Andy Dal­ton is out for the sea­son. WR A.J. Green is ex­pected to have sea­son-end­ing toe surgery, ESPN re­ports. The de­fense ranks in the bot­tom two in points, to­tal yards, pass­ing yards and rush­ing yards al­lowed per game. The Ben­gals will need a game in which DT Geno Atkins is un­block­able. They could also use rookie FS Jessie Bates tak­ing an in­ter­cep­tion in for a touch­down as he did in Week 8, Cincin­nati's last vic­tory. The Ben­gals' lack of fire­power will cause the offense to strug­gle, so the de­fense will have to pre­vail.

Charg­ers keys to vic­tory: The Charg­ers have a solid matchup. The Ben­gals de­fen­sive line is one of the worst run units in the NFL. They are av­er­age at best at get­ting af­ter the passer. Those are the two things needed to slow down QB Philip Rivers and his offense. Big plays should be the key for the Charg­ers, who cut RT Joe Barks­dale and brought back WR Dy­lan Cantrell. On de­fense, they need to make life hard on Jeff Driskel. If the Charg­ers can rat­tle the young quar­ter­back, they shouldn't have any is­sues stop­ping the Ben­gals.

Matchup to watch: Ben­gals DT Atkins vs. Charg­ers OG Dan Feeney. If the Ben­gals are to pull off the up­set, it'll be be­cause Atkins had a field day. He leads the Ben­gals with 16 quar­ter­back hits and is tied for the team lead with seven sacks.

Who wins: The Charg­ers blitz Driskel into mul­ti­ple costly mis­takes and the Ben­gals fail to stop the Los An­ge­les offense.

Charg­ers, 34-10 Charg­ers BEN­GALS SCHED­ULE

W..atIn­di­anapo­lis ..34-23 W ....... Bal­ti­more ....... 34-23 L ....... at Carolina ....... 31-21 W ...... atAt­lanta ...... 36-37 W .......... Mi­ami .......... 27-17 L ...... Pitts­burgh ...... 28-21 L ...atKansasCity ...45-10 W ..... Tam­paBay ..... 37-34 Nov. 4 .............. Bye .............. L ..... New Or­leans ..... 51-14 L ..... at Bal­ti­more ..... 24-21 L ....... Cleve­land ....... 35-20 L .......... Den­ver .......... 24-10 Dec.9..atCharg­ers..4:05 Dec. 16 ....... Oak­land ....... 1 Dec.23 ...atCleve­land ...1 Dec.30 ..atPitts­burgh ..1

L ........ Kansas City ........ 38-28 W ......... at Buf­falo ......... 31-20 L ....... at L.A. Rams ....... 35-23 W ..... San Fran­cisco ..... 29-27 W .......... Oak­land .......... 26-10 W ...... at Cleve­land ...... 38-14 W ..... Tenn. (Lon.) ..... 20-19 Oct. 28 ............... Bye ............... W ......... at Seat­tle ......... 25-17 W ......... at Oak­land ......... 20-6 L ............ Den­ver ............ 23-22 W ............ Ari­zona ............ 4:05 W ..... at Pitts­burgh ..... 33-30 Dec. 9 ...... Cincin­nati ...... 4:05 Dec. 13 at Kansas City 8:20 Dec. 22 or 23Bal­ti­moreTBD Dec. 30 ..... at Den­ver ..... 4:25

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