Chargers at Chiefs Preview

The San Diego Chargers have had a tough time figuring out the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead. Considered one of the toughest places in the league to play, it has lived up to its hype when linked to the Bolts. This year, the teams are heading in opposite direction and the Chargers hope that allows them to pull out a victory in Missouri, especially since Priest Holmes will sit this one out.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (7-3) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-7)
SERIES

  CHARGERS CHIEFS
LEADER   47-39-1
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 3-4 Vermeil: 5-2
LAST WEEK W 23-17 at Raiders L 27-19 vs. Patriots
LAST GAME 11/30/03: Chiefs 28 at Chargers 24. Kansas City RB Priest Holmes rushes for 162 yards & 2 TDs while Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez has 2 TD receptions.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/7/03: Chargers 14, Chiefs 27. Kansas City RB Priest Holmes rushes for 2 TDs to help Chiefs jump out to 24-0 halftime lead.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Randy Cross

STATS

PASSING Brees: 178-276-2,080-19 (3C)-3-105.6 (2C) Green: 226-338-2,844 (2C)-15-9-96.6
RUSHING Tomlinson: 216-853-3.9-9 (T3C) Holmes: 196-892-4.6-14 (1L)
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 62 (T1L)-703-11.3-9 (T1C) Gonzalez (TE): 56-733-13.1-5
OFFENSE 351.6 421.6
TAKE/GIVE +8 -5
DEFENSE 313.9 357.8
SACKS Foley: 6.0 Allen (R): 5.0
INTs Florence, J. Wilson: 2 Warfield: 4 (T3L)
PUNTING Scifres: 42.3 Cheek: 41.4
KICKING Kaeding (R): 73 (34/35 PAT; 13/15 FG) Tynes: 66 (33/34 PAT; 11/14 FG)

NOTES

SIX OF PAST 7 in series decided by 5 points-or-less. Teams tied for 2nd-most TDs scored in NFL (35)
CHARGERS: Head coach Marty Schottenheimer was KC head coach from 1989-98. Had 101-58-1 (.634) record & led franchise to 7 playoff seasons.
QB Drew Brees tied for 3rd in NFL in passer rating (105.6). Brees has 10 TDs w/o INT in past 4. Brees has 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs in 2 career starts at Arrowhead.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson has 100+ rush yards in 3 of past 5 vs. KC. Tomlinson has rush TD in 9 of 10 games, including past 7 in row.
TE Antonio Gates tied for AFC lead w/ 9 TD catches. Gates needs 2 TDs to surpass club record for most TD catches by TE (10), shared by Willie Frazier (1967) and HOFer Kellen Winslow (1981). Since joining team via trade (4 games ago), WR Keenan McCardell has 22 catches for 300 yds & 1 TD.
Club's +8 turnover ratio is 4th-best in AFC……Only defense in NFL not to allow run of 20+ yards. LB Donnie Edwards played for Chiefs (1996-2001).

CHIEFS: Offense ranks No. 1 in NFL (421.6).
QB Trent Green spent 1993 with SD & is 6-1 (.857) in career vs. Chargers. Green stands 2nd in AFC in yards (2,844) & comp. pct. (66.9). Green has 100.0+ passer rating in 4 of past 6 games & had 99.4 game last week vs. NE. Has 300+ yards in 4 games in row, tying club record for consecutive 300s (Bill Kenney, 1983).
RB Priest Holmes (14) has more rushing TDs than 29 teams. In past 3 vs. SD, Holmes has 5 rush TDs & 310 yards along w/ 18 catches for 218 rec. yards (12.1 avg.). In 1st career start in Wk 10, RB Derrick Blaylock had 186 rush yards, tied for 5th-most in NFL this season.
WR Eddie Kennison has 3 TDs in past 2 games & has 99+ rec. yards in 3 games in row. Kennison had 2 TDs in last meeting. WR Johnnie Morton has 4+ catches in each '04 home game & stands 9th in AFC w/ 688 rec. yards. TE Tony Gonzalez scored 2 TDs in last mtg. DE Eric Hicks has 8.5 career sacks vs. SD, his most vs. any team. Rookie DE Jared Allen (No. 126) leads team & NFL rookies w/ 5.0 sacks. DE Vonnie Holliday had 3.0 sacks in last home game vs. SD.


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