Dolphins at Chargers preview

The San Diego Chargers will host the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm this week. Although a fire raged near the stadium on Wednesday, it did not have the impact that the 2003 fire had on the region and the game will be played on Sunday – as opposed to the move to Tempe for the game in 2003.

LEADER Series tied, 10-10  
STREAKS Past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Saban: 0-0 Schottenheimer: 4-10
LAST WEEK W 24-23 vs. Bills W 34-10 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 10/2703: Dolphins 26 at Chargers 10. Game is moved to Tempe, Arizona because of wildfires in San Diego. Dolphins QB Brian Griese passes for 3 TDs.
BROADCAST CBS (1:15 PM PT): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter)
PASSING Frerotte: 199-391-2,301-12-11-67.5 OR Rosenfels: 28-48-363-3-3-77.0 Brees: 240-368-2,813-20-11-93.9
RUSHING Brown: 176-811-4.6-4 Tomlinson: 261-1,172 (2C)-4.5-17 (1C)
RECEIVING Chambers: 60-837-14.0-6 Gates (TE): 63-874 (2C)-13.9-8 (3C)
OFFENSE 325.1 358.7
DEFENSE 320.6 310.7
SACKS Taylor: 8.0 Merriman (R): 7.0
INTs Schulters, Tillman: 3 Jue: 3
PUNTING D. Jones: 43.9 Scifres: 44.8
KICKING Mare: 71 (23/23 PAT; 16/20 FG) Kaeding: 93 (3C) (42/42 PAT; 17/20 FG)


Team has won 5 games in row but has lost five in a row to Miami. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer has 185 career regular season wins and needs one more to tie Chuck Knox (186) for 7th most in NFL history. The offense is No. 1 in the NFL in red zone scoring: 30 TDs in 42 trips (71.4 pct.). Team has scored 17+ points in 25 games in row – longest active streak in the NFL.

In past 12 home games, quarterback Drew Brees has posted two or more touchdown passes ten times. Brees has 30 touchdowns against. seven interceptions in those 12 games.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has 19 rushing touchdowns and needs one more to surpass the club season record (Chuck Muncie, 19, 1981). Tomlinson (1,172) needs 28 rush yards to be the 3rd player in NFL history to reach 1,200 in each of his 1st five seasons to begin his career (Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson 1983-89; Eddie George 1996-2000).

Tight end Antonio Gates (874) is No. 2 in the AFC in receiving yards; 141 more than next-closest tight end. Wide receiver Keenan McCardell (803) needs 11 catches to surpass Henry Ellard (814) for 12th-most in NFL history.

Rookie Shawne Merriman (7.0) and linebacker Shaun Phillips (6.0) lead the team in sacks. In past the past three games, linebacker Donnie Edwards has 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble and two passes defensed.


The team aims for its 1st 3-game win streak since Nov. 2003.

In five career road starts vs. the AFC West, quarterback Gus Frerotte has six touchdowns versus two interceptions. Quarterback Sage Rosenfels passed for a career-high 272 yards last week. vs. Buffalo, directing fourth quarter touchdown drives of 70, 49 and 73 yards.

Rookie running back Ronnie Brown needs one more 100-yd game to be 4th Miami rookie to post 3+ 100-yd games. Running back Ricky Williams has 28 rushing touchdowns with Miami and needs one more to surpass Jim Kiick (28) for 4th-most in franchise history and with 3,590 rush yards, needs 55 to surpass Kiick (3,644) for 3rd-most in club history.

Wide receiver Chris Chambers set franchise records last week for catches (15) and receiving yards (238). He has 13 catches of 20+ yards, tied for 2nd-most in AFC.

Defensive end Jason Taylor (8.0) needs two sacks to reach ten-plus for the fourth time in his 9-year career. For the first time since '96, Miami has three rookies with 10+ starts: Brown (12), linebacker Channing Crowder (11) and cornerback Travis Daniels (10).

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