Chargers at Eagles preview

The Chargers play their second east coast team and the other combatant from the Super Bowl when they suit up on Sunday for a match with the Eagles.

SERIES
 CHARGERS EAGLES
LEADER 5-3  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 4-1 Reid: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 27-14 at Raiders Bye (Wk. 5: L 33-10 at Cowboys)
LAST GAME 12/9/01: Chargers 14 at Eagles 24. Philadelphia S Brian Dawkins returns fumble 49 yards for TD in Eagles' victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/9/01
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Dick Enberg, Dan Dierdorf, Armen Keteyian (Field reporter)
STATS
PASSING Brees: 105-159-1,206-8 (T3C)-4-95.0 McNabb: 123-200-1,464-11(T3L)-3-95.9 (3C)
RUSHING Tomlinson: 133-652 (2C)-4.9-10 (1C) Westbrook: 55-231-4.2-1
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 25-358-14.3-2 Owens: 37(3C)-556-15.0-4
OFFENSE 340.8 (3C) 371.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 +3
DEFENSE 330.0 327.0
SACKS Foley, Scott: 2.5 Dawkins, Walker: 2.5
INTs Jue: 3 (T3L) S. Brown: 2
PUNTING Scifres: 44.4 Johnson: 41.2
KICKING Kaeding: 50 (2C) (20/20 PAT; 10/10 FG) France: 15 (3/3 PAT; 4/5 FG)

Sis of eight meetings all-time decided by six points or less.

CHARGERS:

In two career starts vs. the NFC East, quarterback Drew Brees has completed 37-of-57 (64.9 pct.) for 400 yards with four touchdowns vs. two interceptions for a 94.2 passer rating. Over the past four games, Brees has six touchdowns and one interception.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has scored a touchdown in 18 consecutive games, tied with Hall of Famer Lenny Moore (1963-65) for longest streak in NFL history. He has 130+ rush yards in three of past four games. Last week at Oakland, he became the fifth player in Super Bowl era (since 1966) to rush, receive & pass for TD in same game; last to do it was wide receiver David Patten (w/NE) on 10/21/01. Fullback Lorenzo Neal caught four passes last week, his most since catching five on 10/27/02 (Cincinnati) vs. Tennessee.

Defensive end Igor Olshansky notched a career-high 2.0 sacks last week. Olshansky is 1-of-5 Chargers with 2.0-plus sacks. Safety Bhawoh Jue has three interceptions in the last five games. Jue (w/GB) had 1.0 sack vs. PHIL in '03 NFC Divisional Playoff.

EAGLES:

The club has 12-4 (.750) record after bye since '90 and a perfect 6-0 mark under head coach Andy Reid. The club averages 307.2 pass yards per game, tops in NFL.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb has 14 career 300-yard passing games and needs one 300-yard game to become the first Eagle with 15. In his past five games vs. the AFC, he led club to four wins with ten touchdowns vs. four interceptions, including three 300-yard passing games.

Running back Brian Westbrook is the only NFL player with 10+ first downs rushing (11) and receiving (14). He leads NFL running backs with 292 receiving yards (25 catches) and three touchdown catches.

In three career games vs. San Diego, wide receiver Terrell Owens averages five catches & 116 yards (15-348) with three touchdown receptions and 23.2 yards per catch. Third-year wide receiver Greg Lewis has career highs with 21 receptions and 239 yards. L.J. Smith is tied for second among NFL tight ends with 28 receptions and ranks 3rd averaging 57.4 receiving yards per game (287 yards). He needs seven receptions for career high (34) & 11 for 100 in his career.

The defense holds foes to a 31.3 percent thirrd down conversion rate (21-of-67), fourth in NFL. Safety Brian Dawkins is tied for second among NFL defensive backs with 2.5 sacks. Cornerback Sheldon Brown has a defensive touchdown in each of the past two games.


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