Chiefs at Chargers preview

The Chargers swept the season series last year and are looking to do the same this season, beginning with Sunday's matchup.

SERIES
  CHIEFS CHARGERS
LEADER   47-41-1
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Vermeil: 5-4 Schottenheimer: 5-4
LAST WEEK W 30-20 at Dolphins L 20-17 at Eagles
LAST GAME 1/2/05: Chiefs 17 at Chargers 24. San Diego QB Doug Flutie passes for 1 TD & runs for another while Chargers rookie QB Philip Rivers also tosses for 1 TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/2/05
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM PT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Bonnie Bernstein (Field reporter)
STATS
PASSING Green: 110-187-1,349-4-3-81.6 Brees: 128-199-1,505-10 (3C)-6-91.4
RUSHING Holmes: 105-413-3.9-6 Tomlinson: 150-659 (2C)-4.4-10 (1C)
RECEIVING Kennison: 25-373-14.9-1 Gates (TE): 33-430-13.0-3
OFFENSE 352.8 333.7
TAKE/GIVE +4 0
DEFENSE 359.2 323.7
SACKS Allen: 5.0 Foley, Scott: 2.5
INTs McCleon, Surtain, Wesley: 1 Jue: 3
PUNTING Colquitt (R): 41.2 Scifres: 44.4
KICKING Tynes: 51 (15/15 PAT; 12/14 FG) Kaeding: 55 (2C) (22/22 PAT; 11/12 FG)

Eight of the last nine games in the series have been decided by seven points or less.

CHIEFS:

Quarterback Trent Green is 6-3 (.667) in his career as starter vs. San Diego. Green (98) needs two touchdown passes to become third QB in team history to throw 100 (HOFer Len Dawson 237; Bill Kenney 105).

In past five vs. San Diego, running back Priest Holmes has 571 rush yards (114.2/game) and six touchdowns along with 22 catches for 239 yards (10.9 avg.). Holmes (5,895) needs 105 rushing yards to be the first Chief in history to reach 6,000 and (2,345) needs 112 receiving yards to surpass Ed Podolak (2,456) for 3rd-most by in club history by a running back. Running back Larry Johnson is averaging 5.0 yards/carry on 69 rushes. The team is 3-0 on the season when Johnson scores TD.

Wide receiver/returner Dante Hall has 15 career touchdowns coming from average of 78.8 yards – longest avg. distance in NFL history, minimum ten TDs.

Center Casey Wiegmann will make his 70th consecutive start Sunday. Long snapper/tight end Kendall Gammon will play in his 215th consecutive game this week – the NFL's longest active streak among non-kickers.

Linebacker Kawika Mitchell leads the team wtih 52 tackles. Safety Greg Wesley has recorded an interception in each of the past three games played against San Diego.

CHARGERS:

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer was Kansas City's head coach from 1989-98. He had a 101-58-1 (.634) record and led the team to seven playoff berths.

In his last start vs. Kansas City (11/28/04), quarterback Drew Brees completed 28-of-37 for a career-high 378 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 125.7 passer rating. Brees has passed for two touchdowns in four consecutive games vs. Kansas City.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson had a streak of consecutive games with a touchdown snapped last week at 18 – shares record with HOFer Lenny Moore (1963-65). The team is 18-3 (.857) when Tomlinson registers 25+ carries. Tomlinson (854) stands second in NFL scrimmage yards (Edgerrin James, 973).

Tight end Antonio Gates has five-plus catches in six of the past seven games. In his last game against the Chiefs (11/28/04), Gates had seven catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. In the past two games vs. Kansas City, wide receiver Keenan McCardell has 11 catches for 180 yards (16.4 avg.) and a touchdown.

Six Chargers have two or more sacks. The defense is tied for 6th in NFL with 20 sacks; they had 13 sacks through seven games in '04. Linebacker Steve Foley has 12.5 sacks since 2004.

Rookie running back/kick returner Darren Sproles is sixth in the NFL with a 26.8 KR average.


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