Philip RiversA win in Week 12 at Kansas City is a perfect platform for the arrival of the Cincinnati Bengals right?

The Chargers once again showed their two-sided game performances. Playoff hopes are fading in San Diego (5-7) as their fourth defeat comes in five games. This will be seen as yet another opportunity missed this season.

A low scoring game didn’t produce much in the way of entertainment. Benjarvus Green-Ellis rushed in from for yards to open the scoring and Ladarius Green responded with a touchdown from a 30-yard vertical pass from the maestro Philip Rivers.

This left the score tied at 7 going into half-time.

In the third quarter Andy Dalton found A.J. Green with a 21–yard pass. That was about as good is it got from there on in. Both teams converted a field goal in the fourth quarter to see the Bengals (8-4) come away with a 17-10 win.

Cincinnati is staring right at the playoffs and head coach Marvin Lewis will be stubborn in keeping his team at the top of the NFC North. Dalton has now passed the 3,000 passing yards milestone for the season. Dalton now joins Peyton Manning in becoming the only signal callers to have 3,000 yards in their first three seasons. If you look at social media, many Bengals fans are still worried about Dalton.

Credit must be given to Lewis and his team. The defense sacked Rivers twice and stripped Antonio Gates twice. At the start of the season few gave the Bengals a chance but here they are going into Week 14 sitting at the top of their division. Next up for the Bengals is a home game against the Colts.

For Mike McCoy and his Chargers, you never know which team is going to turn up on gameday. Three turnovers hurt the home team. Rivers was held to 252 yards by the Cincinnati defense. Rookie wideout Keenan Allen has been a big plus this year on the San Diego roster. He had another 100-yard game, his fourth of the season. Allen received eight receptions for 106 yards on the day, as he continues to impress.

Next up for San Diego is the New York Giants. They still have to face Denver and Kansas City again and many will be sticking a fork in the Chargers playoff hopes. As McCoy will tell you the season is not over until December 29.