Chargers at Bengals preview

The San Diego Chargers hit the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals this week seeking their first big victory away from home.


STREAKS 6 of past 8  
COACHES VS. OPP. Schottenheimer: 7-6 Lewis: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 32-25 vs. Cleveland L 26-20 at Ravens
LAST GAME 11/23/03: Bengals 34 at Chargers 27. Cincinnati QB Jon Kitna passes for 243 & 4 TDs, including 3 to WR Chad Johnson (5, 4, 12).
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/02: Chargers 34, Bengals 6. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 114 yards & 1 TD & Chargers' defense limits Cincinnati to 2 FGs.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 130 (SD), 119 (Cin.).


PASSING Rivers: 158-238-1,747-10-3-96.7 (3C) Palmer: 158-258-1,879 (2C)-12 (3C)-6-89.3
RUSHING Tomlinson: 168-828 (1C)-4.9-12 (1L) R. Johnson: 160-629-3.9-6 (T3C)
RECEIVING Tomlinson (RB): 38-323-8.5-2 C. Johnson: 40-483-12.1-2
OFFENSE 371.6 (2C) 311.9
TAKE/GIVE +8 (3L) +2
DEFENSE 269.0 (1C) 343.8
SACKS Phillips: 6.0 J. Smith: 6.5
INTs Edwards, Jammer: 2 Kaesviharn: 3
PUNTING Scifres: 46.2 (3C) Larson: 44.3
KICKING Kaeding: 78 (1C) (27/27 PAT; 17/19 FG) Graham: 61 (T3C) (19/19 PAT; 14/16 FG)


Club has won consecutive games for the third time on the season and has won seven consecutive November games.

Quarterback Philip Rivers is 6-2 (.750) as starter with touchdown passes in seven of eight games.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson leads the NFL with 14 touchdowns (12 rushing) and tops club with 38 receptions. Over the past two games, Tomlinson has 355 rush yards on 43 carries (8.3 yd avg.) for five touchdowns with nine runs of 10+ yards. Of his 43 carries, 17 (39.5 pct.) have gone for 1st downs. Tomlinson has 2+ rushing touchdowns in 20 of 87 career games (23.0 pct). Among AFC players with at least 50 carries, running back Michael Turner stands No. 1 with 6.5-yard per carry average.

Tight end Antonio Gates has a touchdown catch in four of his past five games on the road. Wide receiver Keenan McCardell has at least one touchdown catch in seven of the past eight versus Cincinnati. Offense has scored 30-of-31 times inside the 20 (18 touchdowns, 12 field goals).

Defense has scored a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time in club history – Wk. 8: Safety Marlon McCree 79-yd fumble return for a touchdown; Wk 9: Linebacker Marques Harris fumble recovery in the end zone. Linebacker Donnie Edwards has 26 career interceptions, most among active linebackers. Defensive end Jacques Cesaire posted a career-high 2.0 sacks last week.


Club's past three losses have come by total of nine points. Under head coach Marvin Lewis, the club is 4-1 (.800) in past five versus the AFC West.

Quarterback Carson Palmer has passed for two touchdowns in four of past five home games. Club has won 14 of the past 19 (.737) games when Palmer throws 2+ touchdowns.

Running back Rudi Johnson has 39 rushing touchdowns and needs one more to be third Bengal with 40 in career to join Pete Johnson (64) and Corey Dillon (45). Running back Johnson has not lost fumble in 26 consecutive games.

Wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh (488) and Chad Johnson (483) one of five NFL teammate tandems with 480+ receiving yards each. Houshmandzadeh is tied for the AFC lead with five touchdown catches. Wide receiver Johnson posted career-high three touchdowns at San Diego on 11/23/03 with ten catches for 107 yards.

Defensive ends Justin Smith (6.5) and Robert Geathers (6.0) AFC's only defensive lineman duo with 6.0 sacks apiece. Smith has sack in two of three career games versus Chargers. Cornerback Deltha O'Neal scored first career touchdown versus San Diego (10/6/02) on 28-yard interception-touchdown.

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