Chargers at Broncos Preview

The San Diego Chargers head to Denver to face the Broncos this weekend. The Bolts have not had much luck against the Broncos with three wins in their past 14 games against them.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1-1) AT DENVER BRONCOS (1-1)
SERIES

- CHARGERS BRONCOS
LEADER - 49-38-1
STREAKS - 11 of past 14
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 10-19 Shanahan: 16-5
LAST WEEK W 34-28 vs. Jets L 7-6 at Jaguars
LAST GAME 11/16/03: Chargers 8 at Broncos 37. Denver QB Jake Plummer passes for 3 TDs as Broncos rack up huge advantages in 1st downs (26-5) & total yards (448-96).
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/03
BROADCAST CBS (2:05 PM MT): Dick Enberg, Dan Dierdorf, Armen Keteyian (Field reporter)


STATS

PASSING Brees: 25-43-355-3-2-88.8 Plummer: 41-68-480-2-2-79.3
RUSHING Tomlinson: 45-208-4.6-2 Griffin: 48-222-4.6-2
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 12-162-13.5-0 Smith: 13-159-12.2-0
OFFENSE 325.5 384.5
TAKE/GIVE 0 -3
DEFENSE 358.0 247.0 (3C)
SACKS Kiel, Phillips (R): 1.0 Hayward: 1.5
INTs Foley, J. Wilson: 1 Bailey: 1
PUNTING Scifres: 39.1 Knorr: 44.8
KICKING Kaeding (R): 13 (7/7 PAT; 2/2 FG) Elam: 16 (4/4 PAT; 4/5 FG)


NOTES


CHARGERS:

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer teams have 4-2 (.667) record vs. Denver QB Plummer……QB Drew Brees is AFC's top 4th quarter passer with 155.3 passer rating, completing 11 of 13 for 153 & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs. Brees' 8.26 yards per attempt is 4th best in AFC……RB LaDainian Tomlinson had career-long 76-yd run vs. Broncos (12/1/02). Ran for 220 yards with 3 TDs & added 11 receptions for 51 yards in that game. In past 4 Sept. games, Tomlinson has 3 100s with 500 rush yards on 96 carries for 5.2 avg. & 4 rush TDs……WR Reche Caldwell has equaled career-high 4 receptions in consecutive weeks & has TD in both games. TE Antonio Gates is tied for 2nd most catches by TE w/ 12 for 162 yards (13.5 avg.). Gates has 5+ catches in 3 of past 5. Offense converting 48.0 pct. of 3rd down conversion tries (12 of 25) for 5th best in AFC……CB Quentin Jammer had career high 8 tackles in last meeting & added 1 INT. LB Donnie Edwards had career-best 18 tackles in last game vs. Denver.

BRONCOS:
Aim for 5th win in row at home vs. SD. Have won 11 of past 14 mtgs, outscoring Chargers 398-233. Head coach Mike Shanahan has 16-5 (.762) record vs. SD, most wins vs. opponent. At home, Shanahan is 10-1 (.909) against SD…… Last year, QB Jake Plummer had 6 TDs vs. 1 INT in 2 games vs. SD (120.3 passer rating)……RB Quentin Griffin stands 6th in AFC w/ 252 scrimmage yards (222 rushing, 30 receiving)……WR Rod Smith had career-best 187 receiving yards vs. Chargers (11/19/00), 1 of 3 career 100-yard games vs. SD. In 2 meetings last year, WR Ashley Lelie averaged 25.5 yards per catch……In 2 games, offense has out-gained opponents 769 yards to 494. In last meeting w/ SD, Broncos had advantages in total yards (448-96), 1st downs (26-5) & time of possession (44:11-15:49) in 37-8 win. Defense held SD's Tomlinson to 29 rush yards & 16 receiving yards in that game…….CB Champ Bailey played for SD's Schottenheimer in 2001 at Washington, earning Pro Bowl selection. DE Reggie Hayward had 1.0 sack, FF & FR in last meeting……K Jason Elam has scored 178 points vs. SD, most vs. any opponent.

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