Steelers at Chargers preview

The San Diego Chargers will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night – their first Monday night game in San Diego since 1996.

SERIES
  STEELERS CHARGERS
LEADER 18-5  
STREAKS Past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Cowher: 6-2 Schottenheimer: 9-7
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk 3: L 23-20 vs. Patriots) W 41-17 at Patriots
LAST GAME 12/21/03: Steelers 40, Chargers 24. Steelers RUNNING BACK Jerome Bettis passed Marcus Allen on the NFL's all-time rushing list, racking up 115 against the Chargers in the win
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/23/00: Steelers 34 at Chargers 21. Steelers QUARTERUNNING BACKACK Kordell Stewart contributed three multipurpose TDs, rushing for two second-half scores
BROADCAST ABC (6:00 PM PT): Al Michaels, John Madden, Samantha Ryan (Field reporter). CBS Radio: Marv Alinebackerert, Boomer Esiason, John Dockery (Field reporter)
STATS
PASSING Roethlisberger: 35-60-688-6-0-131.8 (1L) Brees: 71-104-823-6 (T2L)-3-99.2 (2L)
RUSHING Parker: 64-327-5.1-2 Tomlinson: 84-450-5.4-8 (1L)
RECEIVING Ward: 12-219-18.3-4 (T2C) Gates (TE): 18-280-15.6-1
OFFENSE 360.3 355.0
TAKE/GIVE +7 +1
DEFENSE 316.7 340.0
SACKS Haggans, Polamalu: 3.0 Foley, Leber: 2.0
INTs Coclough, Hope, Polamalu: 1 Jue, Edwards: 2
PUNTING Gardocki: 44.7 Scifres: 44.2
KICKING Reed: 18 (9/9 PAT; 6/7 FG) Kaeding: 31 (16/16 PAT; 5/5 FG)

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer hired Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher for his first NFL coaching position in 1985 (Cleveland). Cowher coached under Schottenheimer in Cleveland (1985-88) and Kansas City (1989-91). Both are Pittsburgh-area natives.

CHARGERS:

Schottenheimer has defeated five teams 10+ times; A win over Pittsburgh would be his 10th vs. Steelers.

Quarterback Drew Brees has 2 TD passes in 4 home gms in row.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson leads NFL with eight touchdowns and ranks second (48) in NFL scoring (Neil Rackers, Ariz., 50). Tomlinson (68) needs two touchdowns Monday to reach 70 career TDs in his 68th career game, tying the NFL record of fewest games played to reach 70 TDs (Hall of Fame back Steve Van Buren, Phil.).

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell (11) posted 2nd-most catches in a game during his storied career vs. Steelers on 10/1/00.

Tackle Leander Jordan is a Pittsburgh native, attended Brashear H.S.

The offense has scored a rushing TD in 22 games in row – longest active streak in league.

In the past two games, Linebacker Donnie Edwards has team-high 24 tackles, an interception, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble.

Last week on special teams, linebacker Shaun Phillips posted team-high three tackles and a forced fumble.

STEELERS:

Cowher is 6-1 (.857) vs. Chargers. Since 1995, team is the NFL's best in October: 29-10 (.744).

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has not thrown an interception in '05 (60 attempts) and is the NFL's highest rated passer (131.8).

Among NFL rushers with 60+ carries, Willie Parker ranks 4th with a 5.1 yard per carry average. Parker has three 100-yard games in his past four starts.

Wide receiver Hines Ward has two touchdowns in each of the past two games. In two career games vs. San Diego, Ward has ten catches for 130 yards and one touchdown. Wideout Cedrick Wilson is averaging 19.7 yards per catch on six receptions with long of 40.

The club stands third in the NFL with a +7 turnover differential.

Linebacker James Farrior and cornerback Ike Taylor share the team tackle lead with 30 apiece.


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