The last time the Chargers and Bengals met was in 2006 in Cincinnati, where the Chargers overcame a pair of 21-point deficits to steal a 49-41 victory. The Chargers outscored the Bengals in the second half, 42-13, to pull out the incredible win.
When we caught up with former Chargers safety Marlon McCree during the offseason, he said the win in Cincinnati was the most memorable of his Chargers career.
"We were on the road and we did everything the wrong way the first half," McCree said. "We could not stop their offense. They were moving the ball. Eventually, our offense got hot and we started moving the ball. We ended up tying the game. We just kept going back and forth, touchdown for touchdown.
"In the fourth quarter, I told my defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, I just have to take a shot on one of these guys. They are catching the ball all over the place. He said, 'Well, go do what you've got to do.'
"T.J. Houshmandzadeh came across the middle and I knew they were going to call a personal foul on me, but I hit him, knocked his helmet off and knocked him out of the game. The rest of that game -- there was like five minutes left -- no receiver wanted to catch the ball. They were so afraid to come across the middle again."
Well, Well…Another Caldwell
WR Andre Caldwell
The Caldwell name has spelled trouble for the Chargers in recent seasons. In 2006, Reche -- in his first season after leaving the Chargers -- came back to town as a member of the Patriots and helped New England upset San Diego in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. He finished that game with seven catches for 80 yards and a score. His biggest play was a 49-yard reception on third-and-10 with less than three minutes to play, which set up Stephen Gostkowski's winning field goal.
The Chargers hope they can do a better job containing Reche's younger brother. Andre has already come up big a couple times, catching game-winning touchdown passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens earlier this season.
An Even More Volatile Ochocinco
Chad Ochocinco is one of the most volatile players in the NFL. That may be even more true on Sunday, given his current conflict of emotions.
Earlier this week, he spouted off empty threats aimed at Shawne Merriman, as the two puff out their chests as their ongoing feud nears its apex. No doubt, Ochocinco had plans of scoring in San Diego and doing the "Lights Out" dance, which is what started his sparring with Merriman in the first place.
Now, Ochocinco is far more somber following the death of his friend and teammate Chris Henry. Ochocinco broke into tears when talking about his fallen friend, which shows just how much he's been shaken by this week's tragedy.
How Ochocinco responds to this confluence of emotions will go a long way towards determining the winner of Sunday's game. Given his unpredictable nature on and off the field, he may be just as likely to go off for 10 catches and 150 yards as he is to offer a complete no-show.
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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.