Bengals vs. Chargers, "I don't think we need to dwell on the past
09/18/2015 11:30 AM
With the San Diego Chargers coming to town this weekend, a lot of the talk throughout the week has been looking back at the last time the two teams met. The Chargers came to Cincinnati for an AFC wild card playoff game in January 2014. It seemed like the Bengals’ best chance to finally win a playoff game but San Diego came away with a 27-10 win.
Many players have been asked this week whether the way the Chargers beat up on them two years ago brings any extra motivation into this week but they’ve been able to separate the two. “It’s a new season. That year too, we beat them at their home and it had no factor going into that playoff game,” veteran safety George Iloka points out, “I know they’re not thinking about that game, they’re not going, ‘oh, we beat them two years ago.’ We’re a new team. They’re a new team. It’ll be a good matchup.” Iloka’s teammate A.J. Green, and Coach Marvin Lewis seem to agree.
That last meeting may not serve as extra motivation, but there are certainly some things they can learn and take away from the loss to help this Sunday. They’ll do a lot of similar things schematically and have some similar personnel. Offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth says there are definitely some things from that last game that they can look at but, “really the key though will be to not get ourselves in situations we had ourselves in then.”
Iloka gets more specific, pointing out that the physicality is something they don’t want to repeat, “they beat us up pretty bad. The score was close but, defensively we didn’t play our brand of football. I think they were a little bit more physical than us… we’re going to have to come out here and set the tone early.”