Bengals vs. Chargers Final Score: Turnover, missed field goal that spoils Biro’s NFL debut

He was a wild. The visitors ‘Chargers’ ten unanswered points gave them a 16-13 lead over the Bengals on Sunday. Trailing 13-6, entering the fourth quarter, a 46-yard kick return by Jokey Reed, scored a 5-yard touchdown run from fellow rookie Joshua Kelly. Los Angeles gave up Mike Badley’s 22-yard field goal at 8:56. The score was set by Nick Vigil’s recovery in a 25-yard-line recovery by Nick Wazel at Cincinnati’s 25-yard-line.

Despite a brave, late-inning game by rookie quarterback Joe Bureau, the Bengals’ return bid came to an end when Randy Bullock survived a 31-yard kick with seven seconds left. Barrow, who made his NFL debut, finished 36th out of 23 for 193 yards. He was also intercepted by linebacker Melvin Ingram, part of a Chargers defense that held Cincinnati to just 295 yards. Barrow also ran for 46 yards, including a touchdown from 23 yards that gave the Bengals a 7–0 first-quarter lead.

After a slow start, the Chargers’ offense did enough to help Los Angeles leave Cincinnati with a win. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for 208 yards including 73 yards to tame Hunter Henry. The Chargers’ offense was countered by their new backfield duo of Kelly and Austin Eckler, who combed for 144 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. The Chargers, who lost 10 one-possession games in 2019, also would not have won for Budgali, who made three of his four field goal attempts.

Here’s a close look at how the Chargers, who were three-point favorites entering the game, were able to hang on for the win.

Why the chargers win

Falling back early, the Chargers got some big plays from Taylor including a 36-yard completion to Mike Williams that set up Budgali’s first field goal. Taylor then connected on 33-yards with Henry which helped the Chargers make the deficit 7-6 at halftime. They initially struggled to get their running game, eventually leading the Chargers to start their running game, with Kelly and Eckler playing a key role in the Chargers’ final three scoring drives.

The Los Angeles defense also came in with two fourth-quarter turnovers, while its offense did not do a single business.

Why did the Bengals lose

Cincinnati’s run defense, which was one of the league’s worst races in the past several seasons, to no avail on Sunday. The Bengals also inflicted several self-inflicted wounds, including AJ Green’s offensive pass interference penalty that erased the remaining game-winning touchdown pass of just one second. The Bengals also needed more than Mixon, who was held to 69 yards on 19 carries.

The Bengals were unable to capitalize on a solid defensive effort from their defense, including two fourth down stops in the first 30 minutes of the game.


After the Bingles went 13-6, Jockey Reid made a kickoff return of 46 yards, which helped set up Kelly’s game-treading touchdown. Mixon’s cautious recovery of fumble moments later set up the game-winning score.

Game play

After leading the Bengals ‘offense in the Chargers’ 13 to 18 under Barrow’s leadership, Cincinnati appeared destined for overtime before the Bulls missed their first attempt of the season.


“Some good, and some things we’ve got to improve. There were some missed opportunities, but overall, they kept up their creations.” [He] Moved to the next snap, which is important, and made a few key plays down the stretch that put us in position to win the game to win the game. Thought his decision was overall good; Where did he go with the ball. He was running for his life in the first half, but we did at least better in the second half. ‘

What will happen next

Cincinnati will take its talents to Cleveland for the Thursday night matchup against the Browns. The Bengals defeated the Brons (who fell to the Ravens in Week 1), the last time the two AFC North rivals met on the final weekend of the 2019 season. The Chargers will host the defending champion chiefs next Sunday. Kansas City looked sharp in their opener, as did Rocky Clyde Edwards-Heilier for 138 yards and a 34–20 win over the majors’ Texas.

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