The San Diego Chargers beat the Cincinnati Bengals and the Vegas line with a 17-point win (27-10). Andy Dalton against the San Diego pass rush was the key matchup to watch. So, the nation looked on and blamed the Bengals’ loss on Dalton throwing two picks and fumbling once in the loss. But not enough credit is due to Melvin Ingram and the San Diego defense.
CBS credited Philip Rivers as the MVP of the game, but in reality, the return and play of Ingram deserves to be the MVP.
Though Ingram’s stat line read three total tackles with one pass defended and one QB hit, his athleticism alone was problematic for the Bengals’ offensive line that didn’t see him in 2013. Then, his lone interception halted another Bengals attempt at a comeback. The play might have not put the nail in the coffin for the Bengals, but it was a message from a struggling defense to the world.
As a whole, the Chargers limited the running backs to fewer than 100 yards rushing. Giovanni Bernard, Rookie of the Year candidate, displayed his inexperience with the key turnover of the game during a red zone drive. The pass defense directly benefits from Ingram and the front seven. Besides shutting down the running game, defending the pass was phenomenal at keeping AJ Green out of the end zone and forcing two picks off Dalton.