Chiefs At Chargers: An Early Look

Last year both teams ended the season on equal footing. A year later the tale could not be more different. Kansas City is rolling, leads the AFC West and has a chance to clinch a playoff spot this week. The San Diego Chargers are reeling and the only thing they can save is face in the perils of adversity.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-1) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-9)


SERIES

  CHIEFS CHARGERS
LEADER 46-39-1  
STREAKS   4 of past 5 at home
COACHES VS. OPP. Vermeil: 4-2 Schottenheimer: 3-3
LAST WEEK W 27-24 vs. Raiders L 34-27 vs. Bengals
LAST GAME 9/7/03: Chargers 14 at Chiefs 27. Kansas City RB Priest Holmes rushes for 2 TDs & gains 183 total yards from scrimmage.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/13/02: Chargers 35, Chiefs 34. San Diego QB Drew Brees throws 2-yard TD pass to rookie WR Reche Caldwell with 14 seconds remaining.
BROADCAST CBS (1:15 PM PT): Dick Enberg, Dan Dierdorf, Bonnie Bernstein (Field Reporter)


STATS

PASSING Green: 222-356-2,760 (2C)-17-7-94.1 (3C) Flutie: 53-98-598-5-1-85.3
RUSHING Holmes: 221-1,015-4.6-15 (1L) Tomlinson: 196-1,066 (2C)-5.4-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING Holmes (RB): 51-535-10.5-0 Tomlinson (RB): 61-391-6.4-0
OFFENSE 363.5 (2C) 301.5
TAKE/GIVE +18 (1L) -3
DEFENSE 344.1 377.2
SACKS Holliday: 5.5 Scott: 5.5
INTs McCleon: 5 (T3C) Davis (R), Jammer, Kiel (R): 2
PUNTING J. Baker: 39.2 Bennett: 43.0
KICKING M. Andersen: 81 (39/40 PAT; 14/17 FG) Christie: 57 (24/24 PAT; 11/14 FG)


NOTES:

FIVE OF PAST 6 in series decided by 5 points-or-less. Past 5 at SD decided by total of 15 points.

CHARGERS:

Head coach MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER was head coach of Chiefs from 1989-98. Had 101-58-1 (.634) record with KC & led team to 7 playoff appearances......In 3 starts this season, QB DOUG FLUTIE has 5 TDs vs. 1 INT...... RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON has 2 100-yard games in career vs. KC, rushing for 276 yards (138.0 per game) in those 2. Leads RBs with 61 receptions & is 1 of 3 AFC RBs to lead team in catches. Needs 1 100-yd game to surpass NATRONE MEANS (15) & PAUL LOWE (15) for club record. Ranks 3rd in AFC with 1,457 scrimmage yards……WR DAVID BOSTON recorded 2 TD receptions last wk for 6th time in career.......LB DONNIE EDWARDS played for Chiefs (1996-2001). Has led team in tackles in 6 games in row. DE DEQUINCY SCOTT (5.5) & DE ADRIAN DINGLE (4.5) are No. 1 & 2 on club in sacks. Dingle had 2.0 sacks in last meeting……P DARREN BENNET stands 4th in AFC in net punting (37.2).

CHIEFS:

Aim for 1st 11-1 start in team history......Offense has NFL-best 71.9 redzone TD pct. (23 TDs, 32 trips) & has scored on 35 redzone trips in row. QB TRENT GREEN spent 1993 with SD. Is 5-1 (.833) in career vs. Chargers & is 12-3 (.800) in past 15 starts. Ranks 2nd in AFC with 2,760 yards & ties for 4th with 17 TDs......RB PRIEST HOLMES leads NFL in TDs (15). Has 44 rush TDs with KC & needs 1 to pass Pro Football HOF RB MARCUS ALLEN (44) for most by Chief. Has 624 scrimmage yards (156.0 per game) & 4 TDs in 4 games vs. SD as Chief...... WR-KR-PR DANTE HALL has 5 TDs in 2003 (2 KR, 2 PR, 1 rec.). Leads NFL with 19.0 PR avg. & has tied NFL single-season record with 4 return-TDs. Averaging 79.8 yards per TD, highest in NFL history (min. 10 TDs)......TE TONY GONZALEZ leads NFL TEs with 603 yards. WR MARC BOERIGTER tied NFL record with 99-yard TD catch vs. SD (12/22/03)…… KC has takeaway in 14 of past 16. DE ERIC HICKS has 8.5 career sacks vs. SD, his most vs. any team. DE VONNIE HOLLIDAY had 3.0 sacks in last mtg.

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