Cincy-SD Preview: Half Nelson Or Full Nelson?

Bengals play-making safety Reggie Nelson became one of three NFL players with 20 or more interceptions and six or more sacks since 2007 with his interception in last Sunday's season-opening win at Oakland. But the veteran could miss Sunday's home-opener against San Diego after sitting out some practices this week

WHAT: San Diego Chargers (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)

WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET.

WHERE: at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

SAN DIEGO KEYS: The Chargers rallied to beat the Lions after trailing 21-3 thanks to an opening week-leading 483 total team yards and 388 passing yards from QB Philip Rivers.

It’s more one-dimensional than coach Mike McCoy prefers, and the Chargers are determined to get more from rookie RB Melvin Gordon. The trouble for the Chargers is getting movement behind a mishmash offensive line.

Controlling the inside tandem of Geno Atkins and Domata Peko, the heart of the Bengals’ defense, is complicated for San Diego without powerful RG D.J. Fluker (ankle).

CINCINNATI KEYS: The Bengals continue to develop talent beyond No. 1 WR A.J. Green, with TE Tyler Eifert flexing some muscle (9-104-2) at Oakland in the opener.

The Chargers are entrusting their young secondary in man coverage with rangy S Eric Weddle roaming the middle of the field. But if the safeties play back, the Bengals are thrilled to hand the game to RBs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

The Bengals' second back is a dangerous third-down threat who had 88 yards from scrimmage last week.

FOCUS: Bengals FS Reggie Nelson. With a pick last week, Nelson became one of three players with 20+ INTs and 6.0+ sacks since 2007, but he could miss the game after sitting out practice Wednesday.

That would push Shawn Williams or rookie Derrick Smith into a starting role, and Rivers’ crosshairs.

NOTES: Dalton has a 70-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio in the red zone, behind only Aaron Rodgers (Packers) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks) among active quarterbacks. … Rivers has started 146 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the NFL.

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