Chargers at Chiefs preview

The Chargers will travel to Kansas City where the frigid air, the fans and the team will be trying to deny them. They need a win to stay in the playoff race.

SERIES
  CHARGERS CHIEFS
LEADER 48-41-1  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 6-4 Vermeil: 5-5
LAST WEEK W 26-17 at Colts L 27-17 at Giants
LAST GAME 11/30/05: Chiefs 20 at Chargers 28. San Diego TE Antonio Gates has 10 catches for 145 yards & 3 TDs while LB Shawne Merriman records 2.0 sacks & forces fumble.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/04: Chargers 34, Chiefs 31. San Diego snaps 7-game losing streak at Arrowhead Stadium as offense totals 498 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Randy Cross
STATS
PASSING Brees: 297-435-3,347-23 (T3L)-14-91.6 Green: 275-443-3,463-14-10-87.5
RUSHING Tomlinson: 306-1,323-4.3-17 (1C) L. Johnson: 278-1,418 (2C)-5.1-16 (2C)
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 82 (2C)-1,026-12.5-9 (T3C)
Gonzalez (TE): 68-788-11.6-2
OFFENSE 364.1 379.6 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE -4 +5
DEFENSE 311.9 346.8
SACKS Merriman (R): 9.0 Allen: 10.0
INTs Jue: 3 Wesley: 6 (T3C)
PUNTING Scifres: 43.9 Colquitt (R): 39.9
KICKING Kaeding: 110 (T2C) (47/47 PAT; 21/24 FG) Tynes: 110 (T2C) (38/38 PAT; 24/29 FG)

Nine of the past ten games in the series have been decided by eight points or less.

CHARGERS: Club aims to earn 1st back-to-back victories in Kansas City since 1988-89.

Quarterback Drew Brees (297) needs 36 completions to post third-most completions by a Charger signal caller (Dan Fouts, 332, 1979). In the past two games at Kansas City, Brees is 2-0 with five touchdowns versus one interception with at least 324 pass yards in each for a 109.5 passer rating.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson (19) needs one touchdown to surpass Chuck Muncie (19, 1981) for most in a season in club history. In the win versus the Colts last week, Michael Turner had a career-best 113 yards on eight carries with an 83-yard touchdown – third longest run in club history. Rookie kick returner Darren Sproles is a native of Olathe, KS – 22 miles SW of Kansas City.

Tight end Antonio Gates has six touchdowns in three career games against Kansas City, including five touchdowns in the past two meetings.

Rookie linebacker Shawne Merriman leads all rookies with 9.0 sacks, posting 2.0 last week at Indianapolis. The defense has not allowed a 100-yd rusher in 16 games – the longest active streak in NFL.

CHIEFS: Have outscored San Diego in the past eight games at Arrowhead 232-107. The club is No. 2 in NFL total offense (379.6 yds/gm).

Quarterback Trent Green was an eighth-round pick of San Diego in '93; he needs two touchdown passes for 110 as a Chief.

Running back Larry Johnson owns a club-record seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Since Nov. 1, Johnson leads the NFL with 1,019 rushing yards. He has eight 100-yard rushing games on the season and needs one more to tie team's single-season record of 9 (Priest Holmes, 2002).

Wide receiver Eddie Kennison (932) needs 68 receiving yards to be the second player in club history to reach 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (Carlos Carson, 1983-84). Samie Parker had a career-high six catches last week for 87 yards.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez stands 10th in the AFC with 68 catches. Gonzalez has a catch in 82 consecutive games and needs one more to tie Stephone Paige (83) for longest streak in team history.

Defensive end Eric Hicks has 9.5 career sacks versus San Diego, his most versus any team. Linebacker Gary Stills (147) needs one special teams tackle for most by Chief, surpassing Greg Manusky (1994-99). Manusky currently is the Chargers' LB coach.


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