Game Snapshot: Chargers-Titans

The San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans renew their rivalry on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. Get set for the contest with the latest team reports, personnel updates and more.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
GAMEDATE: 10/31/10
SURFACE: Natural Grass
TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

PREDICTION: Chargers 28-24

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Titans still rank 29th in passing offense, but they have used their vertical attack effectively in recent weeks to hurt defenses overplaying RB Chris Johnson. QB Vince Young is expected to return from his ankle and knee injuries, although his mobility could be limited. Tennessee does want to control the tempo on the road and not get sucked into a shootout.

Even with WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring) expected to miss his second consecutive game, QB Philip Rivers still has plenty of options downfield. However, pass protection has been inconsistent and the Titans are capable of providing a strong upfield push from their front four.

FAST FACTS: Kenny Britt has a touchdown catch in five consecutive games. ... Chargers TE Antonio Gates as a touchdown catch in 10 of his past 11 games.



Wide receiver Kenny Britt finally told his side of the story regarding the incident last week in a Nashville nightclub.

Britt is alleged to have struck Harold Pointer of Nashville during an altercation between Pointer and Bradford Miser early on Oct. 22 at the Karma Lounge.

Britt on Thursday, speaking to Nashville media, denied the allegations against him. Britt does not currently face any charges, but the investigation is still open, and he could eventually face a misdemeanor assault charge.

"I don't even know him. I don't even know what the boy looks like," Britt said of Pointer. "Was I involved in it? Not at all."

Britt does not deny being present at the club at the time the incident occurred.

"I was definitely at the club. I was definitely having a good time. I'm 22 years old. I'm going to go out and try and have some fun and try to live like I'm 22 years old and not be an old man," Britt said.

Britt was punished by coach Jeff Fisher by sitting out most of the first half in Sunday's 37-19 victory over Philadelphia, but quickly made up for lost time by catching seven passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

Britt was asked why his name was brought into the matter, if he had nothing to do with the incident.

"We probably had some words throughout the time we were there, and probably the person that did touch him was probably with me, and he probably thought so, and now he's falsely accusing me. That's what happens in my life," Britt said.

Britt said he has told his side of the story to Metro Police, who are still investigating, and wants people to know he is innocent.

"I told the police. I'm telling the police, I'm telling you and everybody out there that's accusing me (and saying) that I touched him."

Britt's attorney Roger May declined comment on the matter, citing the fact that the situation is still an open investigation.

Fisher, who held out the possibility of further discipline against Britt depending upon the findings in the investigation, said he hopes the matter of any further potential discipline will be resolved by Friday.


Coming out party for one Ryan Mathews?

That's a tall order for the rookie running back with the tenacious Titans' defense in San Diego Sunday as the Chargers try to snap a three-game skid.

But if not now, when for Mathews?

It appears he's as healthy as he's been since tweaking his ankle on Sept. 19. He worked both Wednesday and Thursday, for the first time in three weeks.

And if the Chargers want to keep prized quarterback Philip Rivers in one piece, exposing him to the Titans' pass rush is no way to go about it.

So it's imperative Mathews gets his groove on, something that has been lacking on a consistent basis.

His per-carry average looks fine at 4.7 yards. But he's only had 63 attempts; he's got only one touchdown.

After getting 19 carries in the season opener, the closest to that number he's come since are the 12 rushes two weeks ago at St. Louis.

In four games, Mathews had fewer than 10 rushes; one game he was inactive with his ankle injury.

The Chargers vaulted up the first round to snag Mathews to serve as LaDainian Tomlinson's replacement.

But so far, the production has been underwhelming.

Mathews had the ankle ailment; was having trouble picking up blocks; watched as the Chargers routinely fell behind by double-digit margins, which helped shelf the running attack.

That brings us to Sunday. The Chargers' offense must win on the early downs -- with some running -- and prevent Rivers from staring at too many third-and-longs. The Titans' pass rush has been keen of late.

Mathews can help, but he needs help by staying on the field.

Coach Norv Turner always talks of his seeking offensive balance, but so far he's more inclined to lean on Rivers' big arm than Mathews' once gimpy ankle.

But if Mathews truly is fit, take the governor off him and let him run. Rivers, who has been sacked 19 times and lost six fumbles, might appreciate it almost as much as Mathews.



--QB Vince Young took all the first-team practice reps for the Titans for a second straight day as he makes his way back from a sprained left knee and ankle.

--QB Kerry Collins, who started last week in Young's place, rested his injured throwing hand for the second day in a row. Collins has a torn tendon in the middle finger of his right hand.

--LB Jamie Winborn missed another day of practice on Thursday due to a shoulder injury. The injury is not believed to be serious.

--DT Tony Brown has not practiced in nearly two weeks and did not play last week because of problems with his surgically repaired right knee. Brown has been told that rest is the only solution to the problem.

--CB Ryan Mouton missed another day of practice with hamstring soreness. Mouton figures to slip down a notch on the depth chart anyway with CB Jason McCourty ready to return from a broken forearm.

--DE Jacob Ford was a full participant in Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday because of a hamstring issue. Ford has also had a minor knee sprain.


--TE Antonio Gates (toe) didn't practice and probably won't do much until a game-time decision on his availability. Gates is ailing -- he's also among the most durable Chargers. He'll go, but he could be compromised.

--WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring) didn't practice and likely isn't playing this week. It will be his second straight game on the sideline and there's a chance he won't play until after the team's bye week.

--WR Buster Davis (ribs) didn't practice on Thursday. He will likely play Sunday but might not last long after getting hit.

--WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring) did not practice after testing his hamstring on Wednesday. He could be a game-time decision.

--ILB Larry English (foot) is likely out two more weeks. But he is out of a walking cast and starting to run some on the sideline. He could be back sooner than thought.

--K Nate Kaeding (groin) didn't work and will not play Sunday; he could be out another week as well.

--K Kris Brown (ankle) was limited in his work.

--WR Richard Goodman (finger) was able to work. His work in the offense could diminish but he will be a regular on special teams.

--ILB Brandon Siler (foot) didn't work after going Wednesday. He'll likely play Sunday but won't be 100 percent.

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