Bills at Chargers Preview

The Chargers host the Bills on Sunday in a meeting of second place teams in their respective divisions.

SERIES
  BILLS CHARGERS
LEADER   18-9-2
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mularkey: 0-0 Schottenheimer: 7-5
LAST WEEK W 14-3 vs. Chiefs Bye (Wk. 9: W 31-26 at Jets)
LAST GAME 12/15/02: Chargers 13 at Bills 20. Buffalo RB Travis Henry rushes for 144 yards & scores game-winning 26-yard TD with 52 seconds remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/28/01: Chargers 27, Bills 24. San Diego QB Doug Flutie beats former team when he runs 13 yards for game-winning TD with 1:10 left.
BROADCAST CBS (1:15 PM PT): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter)
STATS
PASSING Losman: 54-110-570-3-2-66.1 OR Holcomb: 86-127-815-6-3-91.2 Brees: 173-269-2,099-14 (T3C)-8-93.1
RUSHING McGahee: 205-856 (2C)-4.2-4 Tomlinson: 192-835 (3C)-4.3-13 (1C)
RECEIVING Moulds: 42-389-9.3-3 Gates (TE): 51-707 (2C)-13.9-6 (T2C)
OFFENSE 252.1 350.6
TAKE/GIVE +10 (T2L) -3
DEFENSE 308.6 328.1
SACKS Schobel: 7.0 (T3C) Merriman (R): 5.0
INTs McGee, Vincent: 3 Jue: 3
PUNTING Moorman: 46.0 (3C) Scifres: 45.8
KICKING Lindell: 64 (13/13 PAT; 17/21 FG) Kaeding: 66 (30/30 PAT; 12/13 FG)

CHARGERS:

The club has won five of its past seven and nine of past 11 (.818) at home. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer played linebacker for the Bills from 1965-68; Buffalo won the 1965 AFL title game vs. San Diego (23-0). Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was Bills' head coach from 1998-2000, leading team to the playoffs in two of three seasons.

In past 12 home starts, quarterback Drew Brees is 9-3 (.750) with 26 touchdowns versus nine interceptions for a 99.3 passer rating. Brees has been sacked once in past three home games. In two starts (both wins) versus the AFC East this season, Brees has completed 39-of-51 attempts (76.5 pct.).

The club has won 11 in row when running back LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 100 yards. He has a rushing touchdown in 11 of the past 12 home games (15 TDs).

Tight end Antonio Gates (707) stands second in the AFC in receiving yards and leads NFL tight ends in the category. Among AFC wide receivers with 33+ catches, Keenan McCardell ranks 5th in per-catch average (14.2).

Rookie linebacker Shawne Merriman has a sack in three starts in row – the first three starts of his career (4.0). Team allows fewest rush yards per game (79.6).

BILLS:

Team outscoring opponents 40-10 in 1st quarter, allowing fewest 1st qtr points in NFL.

In five starts, quarterback Kelly Holcomb has a 93.5 passer rating. Quarterback J.P. Losman has only two interception in 110 attempts on the season (1.82 pct.). Losman is a Venice, CA native, 131 miles south of San Diego.

Running back Willis McGahee (973) stands fourth in the AFC in scrimmage yards. McGahee (1,984) needs 16 rush yards to reach 2,000 in his 26th game Sunday.

Wide receiver Eric Moulds caught the 2nd-most passes of career vs. San Diego (11) on 10/15/00 for 170 yards and aims for a catch in his 120th consecutive game this Sunday. Moulds (48) needs two touchdowns to be fourth in Bills in history with 50, joining Andre Reed (87), Thurman Thomas (87) and Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson (70). Lee Evans has 12 career touchdown catches, four spanning 33+ yards.

Defensive end Aaron Schobel has consecutive multi-sack games. In his past four games, linebacker Angelo Crowell has 3.0 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. The club is 7-1 (.875) when cornerback/kick returner Terrence McGee posts an interception.


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