Titans at Chargers preview

The San Diego Chargers host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. Tennessee is off to a slow start and looking to rebound from a loss to Jacksonville while the Chargers are looking for their first home win of the year, including the preseason.

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-2) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1-2)

SERIES

 

TITANS

CHARGERS

LEADER

 

19-13-1

STREAKS

 

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Fisher: 0-1

Schottenheimer: 13-7

LAST WEEK

L 15-12 vs. Jaguars

L 23-13 at Broncos

LAST GAME

9/13/98: Chargers 13 at Oilers 7.  San Diego RB Natrone Means scores TD to put Chargers ahead for good.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/19/93: Chargers 18, Houston Oilers 17.  San Diego's John Carney ties his career high with 6 FGs, including 27-yard game-winner with 3 seconds left.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:15 PM PT): Bill Macatee, Steve Beuerlein, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter).

 

STATS

PASSING

McNair: 50-79-489-1-2-74.3

Brees: 39-72-476-3-2-77.1

RUSHING

Brown: 65-353 (1L)-5.4-2

Tomlinson: 67-268-4.0-2

RECEIVING

Bennett: 16-155-9.7-0

Gates (TE): 16-192-12.0-0

OFFENSE

293.7

288.3

TAKE/GIVE

0

0

DEFENSE

296.3

348.0

SACKS

Carter: 1.5

Kiel, Phillips (R), Williams: 1.0

INTs

Dyson, Rolle, Thompson: 1

Foley, J. Wilson: 1

PUNTING

Hentrich: 51.8

Scifres: 43.4

KICKING

Anderson: 11 (2/2 PAT; 3/3 FG)

Kaeding (R): 20 (8/8 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS:  QB Drew Brees owns AFC's 5th-best 4th quarter passer rating of 108.3, completing 14 of 24 for 172 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs.  Brees has completed 7 3rd down passes to TE Antonio Gates – no AFC QB-to-receiver combination has more 3rd down connections……RB LaDainian Tomlinson stands 6th in AFC rushing yards (268) & total yards (350). Including 38-yard completion last week, Tomlinson has accounted for 44.9 pct. of Chargers' total offense.  RB Lorenzo Neal spent 1998-99 w/ Titans & helped team reach SB XXXIV……TE Gates stands 2nd among AFC TEs in receptions w/ 16 & is team's leading receiver.  Gates caught 24 passes in 2003 as rookie.  WR Reche Caldwell has at least 3 catches in past 4 games played.  Chargers outscoring opponents 24-10 in 4th quarter……LB Randall Godfrey  played for Titans from 2000-02, helping team advance to AFC Championship in '02……WR-KR Tim Dwight is 1 of 2 NFL KRs w/ TD-KR in '03 & stands 3rd in AFC w/ 28.1 KR avg.

TITANSTeam's 1st West Coast road game since 2002 & 1st game at San Diego since 1993……Head coach Jeff Fisher hails from Woodland Hills, CA, 150 miles north of San Diego, & attended USC.  Under Fisher, Titans own AFC's best interconference record since 1997 of 21-8 (.724)……QB Steve McNair (70) needs 1 victory to surpass Warren Moon for most wins by starting QB in franchise history……RB Chris Brown leads NFL w/ 353 rush yds  Brown has rushed for 100 yds in his 1st 3 NFL starts for 2nd longest streak of consecutive 100s to begin career as starter in NFL history.  Needs 100 yds this week to tie Stump Mitchell as only RBs w/ 4 100s in 1st 4 starts……In past 2 games, WR Drew Bennett has 13 catches for 140 yards.  Bennett's 13 catches marks career-best consecutive game total……CB Samari Rolle made NFL debut vs. Chargers (9/13/98) & recorded 3 tackles.  Rolle (23) needs 1 INT to tie Zeke Moore (1967-77) for 9th-most INTs in club history…… DT Kevin Carter has 2.5 sacks in past 5 games…… Defense has not allowed 1st quarter TD in 8 consecutive games and in 24 of past 28……


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