Chargers vs. Rams preview

The San Diego Chargers return home this week after a disappointing loss in Kansas City to face an offense that is humming – the St. Louis Rams.

SERIES

  RAMS CHARGERS
SERIES LEADER 5-3  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Linehan: 0-0 Schottenheimer: 3-2
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 6: L 30-28 vs. Seahawks) L 30-27 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 11/10/02: Chargers 24 at Rams 28. St. Louis QB Marc Bulger tosses 4 TDs, including 2 in 4th quarter, as Rams erase 10-point deficit.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/27/94: Chargers 31, Rams 17. San Diego PR Darrien Gordon has 75-yard TD & Chargers' defense intercepts 4 passes as team improves to 9-3.
BROADCAST FOX (1:05 PM PT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 125 (St.L.), 130 (San Diego).

STATS

PASSING Bulger: 128-208-1,619 (3C)-10 (T3C)-1-99.8 (2C) Rivers: 124-187-1,330-9 (T3C)-3-96.3
RUSHING S. Jackson: 133-521-3.9-2 Tomlinson: 125-473-3.8-7 (1L)
RECEIVING Holt: 37-526-14.2-7 (1L) Tomlinson (RB): 32-246-7.7-1
OFFENSE 345.2 362.2
TAKE/GIVE +11 (1L) +6 (T2C)
DEFENSE 339.3 241.2 (1L)
SACKS Little: 5.0 Phillips: 6.0 (T2C)
INTs Atogwe, Brown: 2 Jammer: 2
PUNTING Turk: 42.5 Scifres: 45.9 (3C)
KICKING Wilkins: 65 (1L) (11/11 PAT; 18/21 FG) Kaeding: 64 (1C) (19/19 PAT; 15/17 FG)

Rams:

In his only start versus San Diego, quarterback Marc Bulger completed 36-of-48 passes (75.0 pct.) for a career-best 453 yards with a career-high four touchdowns versus zero interceptions for a 131.7 passer rating. He has four 400-yard games in his career, third among active quarterbacks (Peyton Manning, 7 and Drew Bledsoe, 6). He is 9-4 (.692) versus the AFC. The Rams have thrown a NFL-low 1 interception.

Running back Steven Jackson ranks fourth in the NFL with 745 scrimmage yards (521 rush, 224 receiving). He aims for his fourth game in a row versus the AFC with 100+ yards and has 410 rush yards (136.7 per game) over his past three.

Wide receiver Isaac Bruce aims for his third consecutive meeting with 160+ yards and 2+ touchdowns. In the past two versus San Diego, he has 19 catches for 330 yards (165.0 per game) and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Torry Holt became the fastest player to 10,000 yards with his 154-yard performance in his 116th game in Week 6. He added a career-best three touchdowns in that game. Rams are 10-1 (.909) versus the AFC when Holt has 100+ yards.

The club leads NFL with +11 turnover ratio and ranks third in the NFC with 16 takeaways (8 interceptions, 8 fumbles). Six Rams have an interception. Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover aims for his third game in a row versus San Diego with a sack (3.0 sacks in past two).

Chargers:

Quarterback Philip Rivers has two passing touchdowns in three straight games and 1+ touchdown in all six starts this season. Rivers is second in the AFC in 4th-quarter passer rating (116.0).

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has scored 1+ touchdown in eight of the past nine versus the NFC. Tomlinson leads the team in receptions (32) and is second in the AFC with 719 scrimmage yards (473 rush, 246 receiving). Tomlinson ran for 120 yards and one touchdown in his lone start versus the Rams (11/10/02).

In three career starts versus the Rams, wide receiver Keenan McCardell is averaging 110.7 yards per game, including a career high 16 receptions and 232 yards on 10/20/96 while he was with Jacksonville. Tight end Antonio Gates has scored a touchdown in four of his past six games in '06, including each of the past three.

San Diego leads the NFL in total defense (241.2 yards/game) and the AFC in total sacks (23.0). Linebacker Shaun Phillips is tied for the NFL lead in linebacker sacks (6.0) with Seattle's Julian Peterson. Phillips had career high 7.0 sacks in '05.

Punter Mike Scifres leads NFL with 43.0 net average.


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