Chargers looking to roll

With the New England Patriots already a notch on their belt, the Chargers will face the other Super Bowl participant from last season on Sunday.

The Chargers are headed to Philadelphia, and after the game, one will be able to tell if they are still pointed in the right direction.

"It's going to be a test for us," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "They have been a good defense for a long time now."

Drew Brees added the Chargers have their hands full trying to outsmart Eagles coordinator Jim Johnson's defense. "That defense has been good for a long time."

The Chargers are also looking for an extended run. It was at this point last year, when also sitting at 3-3, that the Chargers went on an eight-game winning streak. They won nine of their final 10 games to earn their first AFC West title since 1994.

"It's the time of the season where you can go one or two directions," Brees said. "We need to make our move right now."

But Tomlinson said the Chargers know more about themselves going into Sunday's game than when playing the Patriots on Oct. 2. The Chargers, according to Tomlinson, no longer have to prove that they should be considered among the AFC's elite teams.

"I think we are past that," said Tomlinson, who can set the NFL record with a touchdown in his 19th consecutive game. "That was early in the season.

"Now we are getting down to the middle of the season where you know what kind of team you have. This is just a game that both teams need to win, to be honest with you."

No lie, the Eagles have struggled stopping the run. But Tomlinson eyes the defense with a nod toward the unit's active linebackers of Jeremiah Trotter, Dhani Jones and Keith Adams.

"I see it as a group of guys, mainly the linebackers, who like to run and make plays," Tomlinson said. "Trotter is the leader of that group, he's the main guy that really brings a physical method to what they like to do."

Tomlinson likes to score - his race to 70 touchdowns in 69 games tied Jim Brown for the second-fastest in NFL history. And while cognizant that he's on history's doorstep once again - he can eclipse Lenny Moore's mark of touchdowns in 18 straight games - Tomlinson said leaving Philadelphia with a victory is the main quest.

"To be honest with you, I don't want to say that it's not important, but at the same time, it's just not a main focus for me," he said. " This is not something that I really want to do - it just kind of came about as I continue to play each week, and the record just kind of crept up on me. All of a sudden - boom - here is this record.

"It's definitely a great record. Any record that's held by a Hall of Famer like Lenny Moore, you have to be proud of it. And since Lenny Moore, no one has been able to touch it for 40 years. So it's something to be proud and happy about."

But Tomlinson's pride would swell more carting home a 4-3 record and building on the midseason momentum Tomlinson hopes will again carry the Chargers to the playoffs.

"I would sacrifice not getting the record for a victory, any day," Tomlinson said. "I think that explains how important it is to me."

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