By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) — Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers know easy methods to bounce again after a troublesome stretch.
They’ve been doing all of it season lengthy.
Herbert handed for three touchdowns and Tevaughn Campbell returned a Joe Mixon fumble 61 yards for a rating, serving to the Chargers maintain off Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals for a 41-22 victory on Sunday.
Herbert was 26 of 35 for 317 yards as Los Angeles (7-5) rebounded after dropping 28-13 at Denver final weekend. Mike Williams had 5 receptions for 110 yards, and Keenan Allen caught two of Herbert’s TD passes.
The Chargers received off to a 4-1 begin this season, after which dropped 4 of six. So when Cincinnati turned a 24-0 deficit into a good game, Herbert and firm stored their composure — then put the Bengals away.
“There is not any flinch,” Herbert stated. “You know, it’s the NFL. Teams are good. They’re gonna come again they usually’re gonna do all the pieces they’ll to get again within the game. I assumed the protection did a terrific job of arising with that cease, that turnover and turning it right into a landing.”
Allen helped key Los Angeles’ quick begin, scoring twice within the first quarter on a 4-yard reception and a 7-yarder. Herbert’s 44-yard TD to Jaylen Guyton made it 24-0 early within the second quarter.
The Bengals (7-5) stormed again from there, making an attempt to rally for their third straight win. Mixon’s 7-yard TD run made it 24-22 with 7:10 left within the third. But Mixon was stuffed on the 2-point conversion attempt to Campbell’s fumble return within the fourth helped shut it out for Los Angeles.
“Today was somewhat bit uneven at instances, however our guys performed extraordinarily onerous,” Los Angeles coach Brandon Staley stated. “We had been excellent in opposition to the run, in opposition to a very, actually good again. I assumed we defended within the passing game. I actually thought we rushed the quarterback at a excessive degree. It was all arms on deck within the cross rush.”
The Bengals dedicated 4 of the game’s seven turnovers. Playing with a dislocated little finger on his throwing hand for a lot of the day, Burrow threw two interceptions and misplaced a fumble.
After Campbell’s TD, Los Angeles pressured Cincinnati to punt. Herbert then directed a four-play, 52-yard drive capped by a 1-yard TD for Austin Ekeler.
The Bengals nonetheless had time, however Burrow was intercepted in the long run zone by Chris Harris Jr. with 8:07 left. Cincinnati received the ball again once more, however Burrow threw quick to Tee Higgins on fourth-and-5.
“(Cincinnati) did an excellent job of switching up and speaking at halftime,” Herbert stated. “They receives a commission to play protection, too, I assumed we did an excellent job of taking what we received.”
Even after defensive finish Joey Bosa went out with a head damage, the Chargers’ often horrible run protection bottled up Mixon, who rushed for 54 yards after recording back-to-back 100-yard games.
Tee Higgins had 9 receptions for 138 yards, together with a 29-yard landing for Cincinnati’s first rating of the game.
“That was a sloppy game all-around,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor stated. “To get in a gap the best way we did and the issues that I did had been unacceptable. We didn’t need to win.”
Burrow dislocated his pinky finger when he was sacked and fumbled on the Bengals’ first offensive sequence. He stated it popped again into place by itself and did not have an effect on this passing.
Burrow was 24 for 40 for 300 yards. He was sacked six instances.
Trainers tried tape and gloves to stabilize the damage, however nothing labored. He lastly simply performed with nothing defending it.
“I can’t think about it getting any worse,” he stated. “If it doesn’t worsen, I’ll play subsequent week.”
Chargers: Bosa departed for concussion protocol within the first quarter. Staley stated Bosa didn’t have a concussion however was held out the remainder of the game anyway. … DL Justin Jones suffered a knee damage within the third and did not return.
Bengals: LB Markus Bailey and LB Logan Wilson left within the first half with shoulder accidents. … CB Chidobe Awuzie left with a right-foot damage within the third quarter and did not return.
Chargers: Host the New York Giants subsequent Sunday.
Bengals: Host San Francisco subsequent Sunday.
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