Chargers surviving elements

The Chargers are 4-2 on the road this year and 3-1 on their four east coast trips. The rest of the schedule features AFC opponents, including three within the division.

The Chargers have scored at least 17 points in 24 consecutive regular season games, the longest active streak in the NFL. The last team to hold San Diego under 17 points was the Denver Broncos, who defeated the Bolts 23-13 last September 26 at Invesco Field. New England had the second-longest streak at 20 games but that was snapped on Sunday against Kansas City when they scored 16 points.

The Chargers have not lost by more than four points in 25 consecutive games, including playoffs. It is the longest current streak and is the fourth-longest streak in the NFL since 1950. The Washington Redskins own the third-longest streak, 26 straight games during the 1982-83 seasons.

"We have to continue to make plays and win games, and we can't worry about what anybody else does," said Schottenheimer. "I look at things from a pragmatic standpoint: We have 16 of them, and nobody decides until all 16 are played."

The Chargers are the NFL's highest scoring team with 323 points, pending the outcome of Monday's night game, as Indianapolis has 305 points scored on the year. At the current pace (29.4 ppg), this year's Chargers will break the team's single-season scoring mark of 468 points, set in 1981, by two points.

The Chargers the NFL's best team when it comes to scoring points inside the 20-yard line. In 38 trips inside the red zone this season, the Chargers have 27 touchdowns and their touchdown percentage (.711) leads the NFL. The Chargers have scored at least a field goal in 36 of 38 trips into the red zone this season. The only two "Gold Zone" drives that didn't produce points ended in interceptions, one against Dallas in the season opener and another against the New York Jets on Nov. 6.

With 35 sacks in this season's first 10 games, the Chargers have already surpassed their total for the entire 2004 season (29). The Chargers are on pace for 51 sacks this season, which would be the most since the 1992 squad racked up 51 sacks.

Twenty-three times this season, opponents have started drives inside Chargers' territory. In these instances, San Diego's defense has been stout, allowing only seven touchdowns and five field goals, a .304 touchdown percentage.

"We had non-believers at the beginning," safety Terrence Kiel said. "We have paved our own way. We have to keep going – the playoffs."

The Chargers have only allowed one touchdown in the last 15 drives that began in their end of the field.

Marty Schottenheimer has won more challenges than any other coach in the league in 2005. He won another on Sunday, challenging an interception by LaVar Arrington that hit the ground before the linebacker had possession. He has challenged seven plays and five have been reversed.

Schottenheimer, who spent the 2001 season as the head coach of the Redskins, is 4-1 against the 'Skins during his career. With 184 career wins, Schottenheimer is the NFL's winningest active coach. He is the eighth-winningest coach of all-time and he needs just two more wins to move into a tie with Chuck Knox (186 wins) for seventh place on the all-time list.

Schottenheimer and Redskins coach Joe Gibbs have combined for 319 career regular season wins between them while coaching in a combined 515 games.


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