Defense dominates again in Chargers win

The Chargers have never recorded back-to-back shutouts in team history, falling three minutes and 11 seconds short of the feat on Sunday.

"It is disappointing," cornerback Quentin Jammer said on not getting the shutout. "We started to play some soft zones. Give credit to the Titans for fighting through."

  • The Chargers defense held Tennessee to six yards of total offense in the first quarter. They did not allow a first down until the Titans fifth drive of the game – it took a personal four on Luis Castillo to get Tennessee their initial first down with 5:48 left in the first half. They did not allow the Titan offense to notch a single first down on their own in the first half.

    "The defense is on fire," wide receiver Keenan McCardell said. "We have a very athletic defense. I think people are starting to realize that."

    San Diego limited Tennessee to seven yards total gross yards over that span and 15 yards net. The 15 yards of offense the Titans produced tied an all-time low for the franchise and all the yards came on the ground. The Chargers held Tennessee to 55 yards on 19 rushes for the game, a 2.9 average.

    "The run defense is what sets the tables for us defensively," said Schottenheimer.

    "Jamal is definitely the key to what they do on defense," Titans center Kevin Mawae said. They've got some great linebackers, but Jamal controls the front. He's gotten better and better each year."

    While Tennessee attempted 38 passes, just 13 were completed.

    The first first down that didn't come as a result of a penalty came on the Titans' opening drive of the third quarter. Tennessee passed midfield for the first time with just over a minute to go in the third quarter.

    The Chargers were the last team in the NFL to allow a point in 2006.

    "As we continue to get better there is no limits to how good we can be," added Merriman.

    San Diego held the ball for a second shy of 23 minutes in the first half en route to creating a 20-0 lead and 38:35 for the game.

  • Nate Kaeding notched a touchback in the first half and five of his kickoffs went into the end zone with two going at least four yards deep.

    "I feel healthy," Kaeding explained. "That was the thing that kind of hurt me last year was my health."

    Kaeding tied his career-high by connecting on four field goals. The last time he hit on four attempts came on December 18, 2005 against Indianapolis.

    "We kicked too many field goals," said Rivers. "We need to get in the end zone. You analyze what went wrong in those third downs."

  • Schottenheimer is 15-7 against the Tennessee franchise and he's won four in a row.

    The Chargers moved to 30-17 (.638) in home openers. They've won nine of their last 14.

    Since the AFC South was formed in 2002, the Chargers have a 6-2 mark against teams from that division and have won five of the last six, including a win against each team. Overall, the Chargers are 2-0 against the Titans, 2-0 against Houston and 1-1 versus both Jacksonville and Indianapolis. The Chargers are a perfect 3-0 at home against the teams from the AFC South.


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