Whatever game plan Buffalo defensive coordinator Perry Fewell develops, it's up to the players, says Bills DT Larry Tripplett, to follow it closely. "It's us having faith in the scheme and being where we're supposed to be," Tripplett says. "The scheme is going to make plays for us."
San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson leads the NFL this year with 24 total touchdowns. Tomlinson's total ties for the fifth most in a season. The six-year veteran from TCU needs five TDs through the Chargers' final five games to pass Seattle running back Shaun Alexander's NFL record of 28 set last season. Through 11 games, Tomlinson is ahead of Alexander's 2005 pace.
Tomlinson's 24 touchdowns in San Diego's first 11 games would be the highest total by a player in the first 12 games of a season. The Chargers running back can add to his mark this Sunday when San Diego travels to Buffalo.
Tomlinson has an NFL-best 21 rushing touchdowns, more than every other team in the league. He can become the fifth player in history with more rushing touchdowns than every other team in the league.
Aside from the "LT" show, the spotlight also will be on the first meeting of two 2004 first-round quarterbacks who rank in the top 10 in NFL completion percentage. San Diego's Philip Rivers (No. 4 overall in '04) has completed 65.0 percent of his passes (ranked fourth) and Buffalo's J.P. Losman (No. 22 in '04) has connected on 63.8 percent (ranked eighth).
The Bills – who played the Chargers twice a year in the early days of the AFL -- will wear their ‘60s uniforms.
|STREAKS||5 of past 7|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Schottenheimer: 8-5||Jauron: 2-0|
|LAST WEEK||W 21-14 vs. Raiders||W 27-24 vs. Jaguars|
|LAST GAME||11/20/05: Bills 10 at Chargers 48. San Diego QB Drew Brees completes 28 of 33 passes for 339 yards & 4 TDs.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/15/02: Bills 20, Chargers 13. Buffalo RB Travis Henry's 26-yard TD run with 52 seconds left keeps Bills' playoff hopes alive.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 130 (SD), 152 (Buf.).|
|PASSING||Rivers: 215-331-2,440-15-6-94.5||Losman: 185-290-2,007-10-8-84.1|
|RUSHING||Tomlinson: 229-1,146 (3L)-5.0-21 (1L)||McGahee: 166-642-3.9-3|
|RECEIVING||Gates (TE): 50-604-12.1-5||Evans: 60-880-14.7-4|
|SACKS||Phillips: 9.5||Schobel: 8.5|
|INTs||Florence, Jammer: 3||3 tied: 2|
|PUNTING||Scifres: 43.5||Moorman: 45.0|
|KICKING||Kaeding: 93 (1C) (42/42 PAT; 17/19 FG)||Lindell: 71 (20/20 PAT; 17/19 FG)|
Club has won five games in row, scoring at least 32 points in four of those five. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer (200) needs 1 victory to tie Dan Reeves (201) for 6th most wins in NFL history.
Quarterback Philip Rivers has 4-2 road record as starter, throwing 11 touchdowns versus four interceptions and posting 102.2 passer rating in those games. Rivers (125.7) is NFL's highest-rated 4th quarter passer, completing 44-of-64 (68.8 pct.) for 539 yards with six touchdowns versus zero interceptions.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson (1,146) needs 54 rush yards for 1,200 to join HOFer Eric Dickerson (1983-89) as second player in NFL history to post 1,200 in 1st six seasons of career. Tomlinson (24) needs four touchdowns to tie Shaun Alexander (28, 2005) for most in single season. Rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown in last meeting at Buffalo (12/15/02).
Tight end Antonio Gates has 5+ receptions in six of past seven.
Club is 4-0 at home when Quarterback J.P. Losman throws more touchdowns than interceptions, including 2-0 this season. Losman has engineered last-minute game- winning drives in consecutive weeks.
Running back Willis McGahee has 2,954 rush yards and needs 46 for 3,000 career. Team is 8-3 when McGahee has 20+ rush attempts.
Wide receiver Lee Evans averaged 17.3 yards per catch on four receptions in only career meeting versus SD (11/20/05). Evans has 90+ receiving yards in five of eight career December games and (880) needs 120 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for first time. Wide receiver Peerless Price (24) needs one touchdown catch to tie Pete Metzelaars (25) for 6th most in club history.
Defense has not allowed running back Tomlinson more than 4.0-yd average in past two games (at least 19 carries in each). Safety Ko Simpson (2) is tied for 2nd most interceptions by rookie. DE Aaron Schobel has 4.5 sacks in past three at home and with 8.5 sacks, stands tied for 4th in AFC. Defensive tackle Larry Tripplett posted career-best 1.5 sacks last week versus Jacksonville.