Bucs at Chargers preview

Sunday is not only a matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers but is also the 15th Annual Toys for Tots drive at Qualcomm Stadium. So while you are enjoying your favorite team, don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy to make the Holidays special.

This Sunday, your Chargers, the Chargers Ladies Club and the United States Marine Corps will team up for the 15th Annual Chargers Toys for Tots Drive at Qualcomm Stadium. This annual event is the largest single location Toys for Tots collection in our county.

Join the Chargers in helping make this holiday season a little brighter for some very deserving children in our community. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to the game this Sunday when the Chargers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Players‚ and coaches‚ wives will be at the gates along with members of the Marine Corps to collect your donations and to say "thank you" for your support.

Team up with the San Diego Chargers and help make this a special holiday for the children in our county.


LEADER   6-1
STREAKS Past 1  
COACHES VS. OPP. Gruden: 7-1 Schottenheimer: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 27-0 vs. Falcons W 20-17 vs. Broncos
LAST GAME 11/17/96: Buccaneers 25 at Chargers 17. Tampa Bay QB Trent Dilfer passes for career-high 327 yards & Buccaneers' Michael Husted kicks 4 FGs.
BROADCAST FOX (1:15 PM PT): Thom Brennaman, J.C. Pearson


PASSING Griese: 154-223-1,801-13-6-101.5 (3C) Brees: 220-340-2,564-21 (3C)-4-103.1 (3C)
RUSHING Pittman: 157-662-4.2-7 Tomlinson: 267-1,012-3.8-13 (2L)
RECEIVING Clayton (R): 61-843-13.8-3 Gates (TE): 72 (3C)-826-11.5-11 (2C)
OFFENSE 304.2 351.8
TAKE/GIVE +1 +12 (T3C)
DEFENSE 283.3 (3L) 315.5
SACKS Rice: 8.0 Foley: 6.0
INTs Kelly: 4 Florence, Wilson: 3
PUNTING Bidwell: 43.6 Scifres: 43.1
KICKING Taylor: 9 (3/3 PAT; 2/2 FG) Kaeding (R): 91 (3C) (40/41 PAT; 17/21 FG)


TEAMS MEET for 1st time since 1996 (Buccaneers, 25-17)

CHARGERS: Club has won 6 games in row & has won 6 of 7 all-time meetings in series. Club aims for 1st 10-win season since 1994 when Chargers finished 11-5 & advanced to Super Bowl XXIX.
In 6 home games, QB Drew Brees has 16 TDs vs. 3 INTs. Brees threw 1st INT last wk after team-record string of 194 consecutive INT-free pass attempts .
RB LaDainian Tomlinson has 13 TDs on season, tied for 3rd-most in NFL. Tomlinson has TD in 9 games in row, tying club record shared by RB Natrone Means (1993-94) & HOF WR Lance Alworth (1963 & 1964). Including win last wk vs. Denver, Chargers are 11-2 (.846) when Tomlinson scores 2+ TDs in game. Tomlinson (1,012) is 9th player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yds in each of his first 4 seasons.
TE Antonio Gates is 4th in NFL w/ 72 catches, aims to be 3rd TE in history to lead league in receptions (Todd Christensen, L.A. Raiders, 1983, 1986; Kellen Winslow, SD, 1980-81) .
Defense recorded 4 INTs last wk for 1st time since 11/19/00, including 1 INT apiece for CB Drayton Florence & S Jerry Wilson, who tie for team-high 3 INTs. LB Donnie Edwards posted career-high 20 tackles last Sunday.

BUCCANEERS: Last game played at SD was Super Bowl XXXVII victory over Oakland.
Club has won 5 of past 8 after 0-4 start. Offense has 40-yard play in 8 of past 10 games.
QB Brian Griese has played in 8 games & has TD pass in each, posting 95.0+ passer rating in 6 of 8.
RB Michael Pittman has 502 rushing yards in last 6 games. Has 10 TDs (7 rushing, 3 receiving) in 9 games.
Rookie 1st-round WR Michael Clayton leads NFL rookies with 61 catches & 843 yards. Needs 5 catches to pass Mike Alstott (65, '96) for most by rookie in club history. Has 90+ receiving yards in 4 of past 9. WR Joey Galloway avgs. 17.6 yards per catch (48 catches, 846 yards) in past 21 games. WR Tim Brown has 100 career TD catches & needs 1 to pass Steve Largent (100) for 3rd all-time.
Defense has forced turnover in 67 of past 69 games. Club surrenders 159.9 passing yards per game, fewest in NFL.DE Simeon Rice had 2.0 sacks last week, giving him 101.0 career.
LB Derrick Brooks had 2.0 sacks & deflected pass that led to INT vs. Falcons.

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