Chargers set to bounce back

The Chargers will try to rebound against another Missouri team Sunday when welcoming the St. Louis Rams to Qualcomm Stadium. The Rams' visit comes on the heels of the Chargers losing but another close game, this one at Kansas City.

But running back LaDainian Tomlinson said the 30-27 loss won't sit long with the Chargers, who were denied their share of the AFC West lead with the defeat.

"We're going to bounce back," said Tomlinson, who has rushed for 100 yards but once this season. "It was a tough loss, but I tell you what people better get ready because this a good team. We will bounce back, I promise you that. I don't want to call anybody out but we will be ready."

The Chargers' defense will see a similar offense in the Rams. The Chiefs often spread the Chargers out, creating holes for Larry Johnson (28 carries, 132 yards, two touchdowns) and room for Tony Gonzalez (six catches, 138 yards) to run free on his routes.

Tomlinson takes some solace in that the Chargers erased a 20-6 halftime deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter and nearly collect but their second win in their last 10 Kansas City visits.

"For us to battle back like we did, it shows a lot about our team," said Tomlinson, who threw his fifth career touchdown pass in the loss. "Yeah, we lost a game but it is still early. I tell you this team is resilient and we are going to be real good."

Not unless the defense flips a trend in which it can't stop teams on their last drives. Like it did in the earlier loss at Baltimore, the Chargers allowed the Chiefs to march down for a go-ahead score in the final minute.

"That shows we're not the defense we want to be right now," linebacker Shawne Merriman said. "We got to finish game, no matter what kind of situation we are put in."

The Chargers' dropped more than a game.

Linebacker Shaun Phillips, who entered the game as the AFC sack leader with six, is out four-to-six weeks with a calf injury. The Chargers had already lost starter Steve Foley at that spot when he was wounded by an off-duty policeman.

But veteran linebacker Randall Godfrey speculates the Chargers will be ready for St. Louis. "It's another good team with a good running back and the quarterback is good," he said. "We got to be ready."

He believes they will.

"I think so because the chemistry is here," he said. "We are not going to point fingers, we are going to keep playing; this is a good team.

"We got to put this one behind us and move on and get ready to play. We didn't play our best ball (Sunday), but we'll play our best ball next week."

Added defensive tackle Jacques Cesaire: "It's tough, but we got to keep our heads up and band together now even more. We got something for (the Rams)."

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