Chargers at Patriots preview

The San Diego Chargers travel east for their first of five to the right coast. Once there they will take on the New England Patriots, winners of 22 straight on their home turf.

SERIES
  CHARGERS PATRIOTS
LEADER  17-12-2
STREAKS   10 of past 11
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 6-1 Belichick: 2-3
LAST WEEK W 45-23 vs. Giants W 23-20 at Steelers
LAST GAME 9/29/02: Patriots 14 at Chargers 21. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson ties club record by rushing for 217 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/14/01: Patriots 29, Chargers 26 (OT). New England's Adam Vinatieri helps Patriots cap off late comeback with 44-yard game-winning FG 4:05 into OT.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Bonnie Bernstein (Field reporter).
STATS
PASSING Brees: 52-80-575-4-3-87.2 Brady: 78-123-948 (1C)-3-2-88.4
RUSHING Tomlinson: 59-316 (3C)-5.4-6 (1L) Dillon: 59-160-2.7-4 (2C)
RECEIVING McCardell: 17-257 (3C)-15.1-4 (T1L) Branch: 21 (2C)-237-11.3-1
OFFENSE 329.7 364.3
TAKE/GIVE -1 -3
DEFENSE 352.0 285.7
SACKS Foley: 2.0 Seymour: 2.0
INTs Jue: 1 Vrabel: 1
PUNTING Scifres: 42.3 Miller: 46.2 (2C)
KICKING Kaeding: 20 (11/11 PAT; 3/3 FG) Vinatieri: 22 (7/8 PAT; 5/6 FG)

CHARGERS:

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer was a linebacker for the Boston Patriots from 1969-70. As head coach, Schottenheimer is 6-1 (.857) vs. New England.

Quarterback Drew Brees has a completion of 65+ yards in three of the past four road games. In the past five games on road, Brees has seven touchdowns vs. two interceptions. Since '04, Brees (101.9) is NFL's 5th-highest rated passer.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has a touchdown in 15 games in row for the 2nd-longest streak in NFL history (Hall of Famer Lenny Moore, 19). Since 2001, Tomlinson (8,265) leads NFL in total scrimmage yards; 125.2 per game avg. Tomlinson recorded his 4th-longest career run vs. New England (58-yd TD) on 9/29/02 in San Diego.

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell is tied for most touchdown reception in the league with four. Since his rookie year in 1992, among active wide receivers, McCardell stands 4th in NFL receptions (772).

Rookie kick returner/running back Darren Sproles is 2nd among AFC kickoff return leaders (31.9).

Linebacker Donnie Edwards recorded an interception and defensive tackle Jamal Williams notched two passes defensed in the last meeting between these teams.

PATRIOTS:

The club is 25-3 (.893) all-time including playoffs at Gillette Stadium and has won 21 games in row at home. They defeated the Steelers last week, halting Pittsburgh's 16-game win streak.

Quarterback Tom Brady has thrown 38 touchdowns vs. 11 interceptions (3.5:1) in 25 regular season games at Gillette Stadium. Brady has thrown 828 of franchise's 836 passes at Gillette.

With 137 rushing yards, running back Corey Dillon (9,863) will become 17th player in NFL history to reach 10,000. Running back Kevin Faulk (13) ranks 2nd among AFC running backs in receptions. He caught seven passes vs. Pittsburgh last week for 71 yards with a long of 23 yards – his longest reception in 16 games.

Wide Receiver Troy Brown (488) needs three catches to surpass Ben Coates (490) for 2nd-most receptions in team history (Stanley Morgan, 534). Wide receiver Deion Branch (21) is one of two AFC players with 20+ receptions (Smith, 22, Den.).

Linebacker Willie McGinest has 73.0 career sacks for 3rd-most in team history, trailing Julius Adams (79.5) and Andre Tippett (100.0). Defensive lineman Richard Seymour posted his first career multi-sack game last week at Pittsburgh with 2.0.

Since 2001, kicker Adam Vinatieri has made 21-of-23 fourth quarter field goals (91.3 pct.).


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