Chargers at Redskins Preview

The Chargers will make the trek east to face the Redskins this Sunday – their first meeting since 2001 when Marty Schottenheimer was coaching the Skins.

LEADER   6-1
STREAKS Past 1  
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 3-1 Gibbs: 3-0
LAST WEEK W 48-10 vs. Bills L 16-13 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 9/9/01: Redskins 3 at Chargers 30. San Diego rookie RB LaDanian Tomlinson rushes for 2 TDs in 1st NFL game to lead Chargers to victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/98: Redskins 24, Chargers 20. Washington QB Trent Green throws 20-yard TD pass to WR Leslie Shepherd with 1:54 remaining for win.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Randy Cross
PASSING Brees: 201-302-2,438-18 (T3L)-8-100.0 (3L) Brunell: 185-322-2,162-14-5-86.0
RUSHING Tomlinson: 211-902 (2C)-4.3-14 (1C) Portis: 193-856-4.4-5
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 56-784 (2C)-14.0-7 (T2C) Moss: 57-988 (3L)-17.3-5
OFFENSE 363.3 337.6
TAKE/GIVE -1 -13
DEFENSE 315.5 299.4
SACKS Merriman (R): 7.0 Griffin: 3.0
INTs Jue: 3 Clark, Marshall: 2
PUNTING Scifres: 46.0 Frost: 40.9
KICKING Kaeding: 78 (36/36 PAT; 14/15 FG) Hall: 30 (6/6 PAT; 8/8 FG)

CHARGERS: The club is 5-1 (.833) when leading at halftime. The team's 4 losses have been by total of 12 points. The offense has scored at least 17 points in 23 consecutive games for longest such streak in the NFL. The offense is averaging 30.0 points/game, 2nd-most in league (IND, 30.5).

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer was Redskins' head coach in 2001. Schottenheimer led the team to an 8-8 (.500) record and finished season winning 8 of last 11.

In 6-of-10 starts, quarterback Drew Brees has a passer rating of 95.0+. Brees has two-plus touchdowns in five consecutive games vs. NFC opponents. Brees has 1,232 pass yards in the past four games (308.0 avg.).

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has 38 rushes of 10+ yards in 410 career rushes vs. NFC opponents (9.3 pct.).

Tight end Antonio Gates tops NFL TEs with 56 receptions. Gates averages 87.1 yards a game; the next closest tight end averages 58.6 (Jeremy Shockey, NYG).

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell (794) needs six catches to reach 800 for his career.

The defense allowing 78.1 rush yards a game – No. 1 in NFL. Rookie linebacker Shawne Merriman (7.0) leads NFL LBs in sacks.

REDSKINS: Four of five losses have come by seven points or less. The offense ranks 5th in the NFL in 3rd down efficiency, converting 42.9 percent (63-of-147).

Head coach Joe Gibbs was a tight end, offensive guard and linebacker at San Diego State prior to coaching at school from '64-'66. He was and assistant coach with the Chargers from '79'80.

Quarterback Mark Brunnell ranks 2nd in the NFL with 1.6 interception percentage (5 INT, 322 attempts). He is tied for 4th in league with five touchdown passes on third down.

Running back Clinton Portis needs 144 rushing yards for fourth 1,000-yard rushing season in row. He has rushed for 100+ in each of his four career games vs. San Diego, totaling 496 yards with 6.2 yards per carry average.

Wide receiver Santana Moss needs 12 receiving yards for his 2nd career 1,000-yard season. He ranks 5th in the NFL averaging 98.8 yards per game.

Second-year pro Chris Cooley ranks 4th among NFL tight ends with 543 receiving yards (46 catches).

The defense allows 15.5 first downs per game, 4th in the NFL. Rookie 1st-round cornerback Carlos Rogers is tied for 2nd among NFL defensive backs with two forced fumbles. Special teams holds foes to a 19.3-yard kickoff return average, best in the NFL.

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