Chargers vs. Titans preview

The Chargers come off an impressive road victory and now get home court advantage with the Titans coming to town. A 2-0 start will give them a jump on the division with the bye week coming up.


COACHES VS. OPP. Fisher: 0-2 Schottenheimer: 14-7
LAST WEEK L 23-16 vs. Jets W 27-0 at Raiders
LAST GAME 10/3/04: Chargers 38 vs. Titans 17. Chargers Quarterback Drew Brees passes for 206 yards and 3 touchdowns & Chargers Running back LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 147 yards and 1 TD.
BROADCAST CornerbackS (1:15 PM PT): Bill Macatee, Richard Baldinger


PASSING Collins: 17-38-223-0-2-41.9 Rivers: 8-11-108-1-0-133.9
RUSHING Brown: 16-64-4.0-0 Tomlinson: 31-131 (2L)-4.2-1 (T3C)
RECEIVING Bennett: 8 (T3C)-106 (3C)-13.3-0 Tomlinson (Running back): 3-18-6.0-0
OFFENSE 328.0 (3C) 302.0
DEFENSE 393.0 129.0 (1L)
SACKS 0 Merriman: 3.0 (T1L)
INTs 0 0
PUNTING Hentrich: 39.8 Scifres: 43.8
KICKING 0 Kaeding: 9 (T3C) (3/3 PAT; 2/2 FG)

Chargers head coach (194) and the Titans' Jeff Fisher (102) are two of 11 active NFL head coaches with 100+ career victories.


The club has won the last three games in the series. Schottenheimer is 14-7 (.667) in career versus Titans.

Quarterback Philip Rivers makes his first home NFL start. He completed 8-of-11 for 108 yards and a touchdown last week against Oakland.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has a rushing touchdown in 18 of his past 22 home games and has five or more receptions in six of the past seven at home. Tomlinson (81) needs two touchdowns to tie Hall of Famer Lance Alworth (83) for most career touchdowns by a Charger. In three career games with 10+ rushes, running back Michael Turner averages 4.7 yards/carry.

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell (10,698) needs 19 yards to surpass Stanley Morgan (10,716) for 18th place on NFL's all-time receiving yard leader chart.

In the last meeting (10/3/04), tight end Antonio Gates caught seven passes for 57 yards and one touchdown. Gates has a touchdown catch in six of his past seven at home.

Linebacker Shawne Merriman had 3.0 of team's nine sacks last week. Defense's nine sacks tied 3rd-most in club annals. Defensive tackle Jamal Williams led the club with eight tackles for loss in '05. Linebacker Randall Godfrey was a Titan from 2000-02.


Team has never finished a season with less than an average of 31:00 of ball possession.

Quarterback Kerry Collins has passed for at least 227 yards in each of past four starts vs. Chargers. Quarterback Billy Volek has passed for 2+ touchdowns in seven games.

Running back Chris Brown (2,203) needs 39 rushing yards to surpass Fred Willis (2,241) for 10th place on franchise's all-time rushing list. Running back Travis Henry (2) rushed for 2+ touchdowns last week for the eighth time in his career.

In his last game vs. San Diego, wide receiver David Given (with/New England) caught six passes for 66 yards. Tight end Ben Troupe has receptions of 20+ yards in each of his past four starts.

Since 1995 (88 games), defense has held opponents to avg. of 95.8 rush yards per game on the road. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth registered career-high 85 tackles last season.

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