Dalton, Bengals off to 2-0 start after win over Chargers

The Cincinnati Bengals are off to a 2-0 start following a 24-19 win over the San Diego Chargers in their home opener. Here's what we learned:

  1. Jeremy Hill got a seat on the bench after his second lost fumble of the game. Giovani Bernard made the most of the opportunity, finishing with 123 yards on 20 carries. The performance serves a reminder of the embarrassment of riches Marvin Lewis has in his backfield. Bernard could be a primary back in many offenses.
  1. A promising second career game for Chargers rookie Melvin Gordon, who finished with 98 total yards on 17 touches. Gordon wasn't tentative -- an early criticism -- and showed good vision in getting upfield on several carries. Danny Woodhead added 104 all-purpose yards.
  1. The Bengals must be thrilled with how Andy Dalton has started 2015. The fifth-year quarterback completed passes to eight different receivers and now has five touchdowns without an interception through two games. Dalton, an eternally divisive figure, can have a Pro Bowl season with the talent around him.
  1. Keenan Allen crashed down to earth after his monster 15-catch debut in Week 1. The third-year receiver fumbled away a punt on his first touch and was held to just two catches for 16 yards.
  1. Philip Rivers moved past Dan Fouts with his 255th career touchdown passes, setting a Chargers franchise record. Fouts was in the house, calling the game for CBS. Rivers also sniffed history with a streak of 22 consecutive completions (a run that carried over from Week 1). Philip Rivers will be good forever.
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