Chargers at Browns preview

The San Diego Chargers travel to Cleveland to face the Browns this weekend – braving the cold for the first time this year. That will be a challenge for the warm weather team, even if the Browns are not.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (10-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-10)
SERIES

  CHARGERS BROWNS
LEADER 11-7-1  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 3-2-1 Robiskie: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-24 vs. Buccaneers L 37-7 at Bills
LAST GAME 10/19/03: Chargers 26 at Browns 20. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 200 yards & scores 1 TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/5/99: Chargers 23, Browns 10. San Diego's defense allows just 202 total yards & records 6 sacks.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Brent Jones

STATS

PASSING Brees: 237-363-2,784 (2C)-23-6-102.7 (2C) McCown (R): 28-55-339-3-4-58.1
RUSHING Tomlinson: 292-1,143-3.9-14 (T1L) Green: 156-568-3.6-2
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 73-843-11.5-11 (T2C) Bryant: 46-680-14.8-4
OFFENSE 350.6 276.3
TAKE/GIVE +13 (T3L) -9
DEFENSE 324.8 341.5
SACKS Foley: 7.0 Lang: 7.0
INTs D. Edward, Florence, Wilson; 3 Henry: 4
PUNTING Scifres: 43.4 Frost: 40.5
KICKING Kaeding (R): 98 (44/45 PAT; 18/23 FG) Dawson: 83 (26/26 PAT; 19/22 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS:

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer was Browns head coach from 1984-88, posting 44-27 (.620) reg. season record, w/ 4 playoff berths, 3 division titles & 2 AFC Championship appearances. Club has won 7 in row & has secured 1st 10-win season since '94 when SD was 11-5 & advanced to Super Bowl XXIX.
Drew Brees is AFC's 2nd-ranked passer (102.7) & in past three on road has completed 90 of 134 (67.2 pct.) passes for 1,027 yds with four TDs vs. one INT for 96.8 passer rating.
LaDainian Tomlinson has 14 TDs on season, tied for 3rd-most in NFL. Tomlinson has TD in 10 games in row, surpassing club record of 9.
Antonio Gates has 6+ catches in 5-of-6 on road. Gates (11) needs 2 TD catches for most in season by TE in NFL history. Eric Parker posted career-high 118 rec. yds on 6 catches last wk vs. TB. Parker recorded club's season-long 78-yd catch last wk.
Donnie Edwards leads club w/ 129 tackles & recorded 2 INTs last wk, including 30-yd INT-TD. Steve Foley has 1.0 sack, 1 FF, 1 INT & 3 PDs in past 2 games.

BROWNS:

Team has played NFL's strongest schedule thus far w/ opponents' win. pct. of .627. Win would give club 4-4 home record on season.
Rookie Luke McCown (No. 106) has 3 TD passes in 1st 2 career starts & has 22 yds on 2 rushes.
William Green (115) posted team's highest rush total at home in Wk 6 vs. Cin.
Antonio Bryant has 100+ rec. yds in 2 of past 3 games. In 7 games w/ Browns, Bryant has 30 catches for 414 yds (13.8 avg.) & 4 TDs. Dennis Northcutt has catch in each game & scored 1st TD of season at Buf. last wk. Northcutt leads AFC w/ 11.1 PR avg. Former Charger tight end Steve Heiden(1999-2000) tied for team lead in TDs w/ four.
Defense has forced turnover in 10 games in row. Kenard Lang (7.0) leads club in sacks & needs 1.5 more to surpass career-high for season (8.0, 2003). Ebenezer Ekuban leads team in QB pressures (25) .
Richard Alston has 23.1 KR avg., helping give team AFC's 2nd-best avg. drive start after kickoffs (30.5). In 8 games played, Mason Unck is 2nd on team with 17 special teams tackles.


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