The Chargers and Bengals have been posturing all season for this matchup. No, not for playoff positioning in the AFC....for the title of Biggest Thug Team.
The NBA has the Pacers and Blazers to figure out their title. This is the NFL's version. And let's break down the matchup.
DRUG SUSPENSION: Odell Thurman v Shawn Merriman. This is a great matchup. Merriman is in the running for the NFL's defensive player of the year, so his suspension hurts pretty bad. Thurman is nothing this season because he (a) was suspended for the first four games of the season for his "violation" and (b) during his probation period, he was cited for a DUI and subsequently suspended for the remainder of the season. Merriman will just miss four games....Thurman misses 16. Advantage: Bengals.
COLLEGE DAYS BITING BACK: AJ Nicholson v Markus Curry. Curry was arrested for a domestic abuse charge from his Michigan days. Curry was eventually released. Nicholson was implicated in a robbery of a Florida State teamate. Advantage: Bengals
MULTIPLE INFRACTIONS: Chris Henry v Steve Foley. This is a heavyweight matchup. Foley has been arrested twice this year...both for getting in a scuffle with a cop. The last scuffle, in early September, ended with Foley being shot. But Chris Henry wins this fight. Dude has been arrested, like, six times this season. Everything from buying alcohol for minors, DUI, speeding and gun charges. He's also serving a suspension for all this behavior. Advantage: Bengals.
THE REALLY DUMB ARREST: Matthais Askew v Terrence Kiel. Keil was arrested for mailing coedine laced cough syrup to someone in Texas. Duh. Askew was asked to move his illegally parked vehicle, refused, and then was tasered. Nice. Advantage: Bengals.
There ya go. While San Diego is trying their best....it is Cincinnati that dominates the lack of control of their players. Here is to the Bengals!!