Chargers have no answer for Bengals


CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton throws three touchdown passes, each to a different receiver. Jeremy Hill gets benched for fumbling twice, and his backup runs for 123 yards.

In their first two games, the Bengals have been a handful to stop.

Dalton added to his impressive season start with another high-percentage showing, and Cincinnati quickly ended Philip Rivers’ streak of perfect passing while pulling away for a 24-19 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

With their receiving group back to full strength this season, the Bengals (2-0) have been tough to hold down.

“It’s our offense,” said Dalton, who has yet to throw an interception or get sacked. “There’s different things we can do. We have a good mix of everything.”

Dalton’s 9-yard throw to Tyler Eifert put the Bengals in control of a mistake-filled game midway through the fourth quarter.

San Diego (1-1) set up the first touchdown with a fumble and never led.

Giovani Bernard took over at running back after Jeremy Hill lost two fumbles. Bernard finished with 123 yards, including a 26-yard run on the drive that ended with Eifert’s touchdown.

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