Chargers vs. Browns preview

The San Diego Chargers host the Cleveland Browns this Sunday with an eye on improving to 6-2 at the halfway point of the NFL season.

SERIES

  BROWNS CHARGERS
SERIES LEADER   12-7-1
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Crennel: 0-0 Schottenheimer: 4-2-1
LAST WEEK W 20-13 vs. Jets W 38-24 vs. Rams
LAST GAME 12/19/04: Chargers 21 at Browns 0. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 111 yards & 2 TDs as Chargers clinch AFC West.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/5/99: Chargers 23, Browns 10. San Diego's defense allows 202 yards & records 6 sacks. Chargers K Jim Carney connects on 3 FGs.
BROADCAST CBS (1:15 PM PT): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 107 (Cle.), 143 (SD).

STATS

PASSING Frye: 139-223-1,329-7-11-68.8Rivers: 139-210-1,536-10-3-97.6 (3C)
RUSHING Droughns: 113-382-3.4-2 Tomlinson: 150-656 (1C)-4.4-9 (1L)
RECEIVING Winslow (TE): 40-393-9.8-3 Tomlinson (RB): 35-303-8.7-2
OFFENSE 248.3 370.3 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE -8 +7 (T2C)
DEFENSE 316.4 265.6 (1C)
SACKS Wimbley: 3.0 Merriman: 8.5 (T1L)
INTs Jones: 4 (T1L) Jammer: 2
PUNTING Zastudil: 44.8 Scifres: 45.6
KICKING Dawson: 36 (12/12 PAT; 8/10 FG) Kaeding: 72 (2C) (24/24 PAT; 16/18 FG)

BROWNS:

Club is 8-2 (.800) in past 10 games when scoring 20+ points.

Quarterback Charlie Frye has at least one touchdown pass in six of past eight games.

Running back Reuben Droughns posted 125 yards rushing last week for second highest rushing output since joining club (166 vs. Miami, 10/20/05) last season. Droughns (4-of-5) and running back Jason Wright (2-of-2) are combined 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) on 3rd-and-one rush attempts.

Tight end Kellen Winslow leads NFL tight ends on the season with 40 receptions and is second in yardage with 393. Recorded career-long 30-yd catch last week for touchdown. Winslow is San Diego native, attended Scripps Ranch H.S.

Defense stands No. 2 in the NFL giving up 5.42 net yards per pass play. With two interceptions last week versus the New York Jets, safety Sean Jones is tied for NFL lead with 4. Linebacker Andra Davis leads club with 65 tackles. Defensive ends Alvin McKinley and Orpheus Roye registered their first sacks of the season and became the 8th and 9th Cleveland defenders to post 1+ sack.

KR-PR-Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs stands third in the NFL with 27.7 kick return average. Kickoff return unit ranks No. 2 in NFL, with average start after KOs at own 30.6.

CHARGERS:

Club will wear throwback uniforms in honor of team's Alumni Weekend. Club aims for seventh consecutive November win and look to start 4-0 at home for first time since 2001.

Quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown at least one touchdown pass in his first seven career starts. Rivers leads league with 126.8 4th quarter passer rating and stands No. 2 in NFL with 109.4 3rd-down passer rating.

In three career games versus Cleveland, Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has registered 413 yards on 71 carries (5.8 avg.) and 4 touchdowns, including fourth highest rushing total of career (200 yards, 26 attempts) and seconnd longest touchdown run (70). Tomlinson ranks second in NFL with 959 yards from scrimmage (656 rush, 303 receiving).

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell began NFL career with Browns (1992-95), helping team reach playoffs in '94. Tight end Antonio Gates recorded career long reception vs. Cleveland (72t) on 12/19/2004. Gates attended Kent State, 38 miles south of Cleveland.

Club's +107 pt. differential (216-109) stands No. 2 in NFL and offense stands second in the conference converting 47.5 pct. (48/101) 3rd downs.

Punter Mike Scifres tops NFL with 43.0 net avg.


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