Chargers vs. Denver: Bolts Notes

There is good news and bad news heading into every NFL game. David Boston appears to be headed towards the sidelines and will be accompanied by Tay Cody. <br><br> Kevin House will likely dress and Eric Parker figures to start.<br><br> There is a silver lining on the horizon.

Positives:

Marty Schottenheimer's teams are 4-0 against Denver quarterback Jake Plummer. Schottenheimer's defenses have limited Plummer to 87 of 173 passing (50.3 pct.) for 1,060 yards with 4 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 55.6 passer rating.

Drew Brees is 5-3 (.625) as starter at home & in 2 career games vs. Denver, has 452 passing yards (226.0 avg.). Brees also has seven touchdown passes in his past 3 games, dating back to last year.

The offensive line has not allowed sack to Broncos DE Trevor Pryce in past four meetings.

San Diego is the only club to hold Denver WR Rod Smith to fewer than 3 catches in past 35 games (2 rec., 12/1/02).

Negatives:

Denver Head coach Mike Shanahan has more wins vs. San Diego than any foe (14-5, .737).

Broncos have won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series.

TE Shannon Sharpe has 9 career touchdowns vs. San Diego, his 2nd-most vs. any team.

The Chargers have allowed 130 or more yards rushing in seven of their last 10 games.

Broncos have won 23 of their last 25 games when a running back rushes for 100 yards or more.

Stats:

Adrian Dingle's two sacks are tied for second-most in the AFC.

Eric Parker is the AFC's third-leading punt returner with an average of 11.5 yards per return.

Tim Dwight ranks third in the AFC in kickoff returns with a 25.8 yard average.

Darren Bennett's average of 43.3 yards per punt is sixth-best in the conference.

Odds and Ends:

Jimmy Spencer will double dip job duties this season. The 12th-year cornerback will add coach to his resume this year, as he becomes the first player/coach in the NFL since Dan Reeves in 1971.

Daryl Gardener is out for Sunday. Every other Bronco should be available to play.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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