KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
TV: FOX, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
SERIES: Third meeting. The Chargers lead the series 2-0. The Texans made their first road trip as a franchise to San Diego on Sept. 15, 2002 and lost 24-3. In 2004, the Texans led 20-17 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Texans scored the final 10 points of the game to seal the victory.
PREDICTION: Chargers 28-13
KEYS TO THE GAME: Focus might be the most difficult thing for the Chargers, with nearly two dozen players evacuated from their homes by the San Diego fires, which forced the team to scamper off to Arizona for three days of practice. On the field, RB LaDainian Tomlinson is fresh off a bye week, and the team will immediately work in new WR Chris Chambers, who became the No. 1 receiver after being acquired from Miami last week.
Texans QB Matt Schaub is battling an assortment of injuries, but appears as though he'll start. He can count on seeing a heavy dose of the blitzes that have caused him problems the past two games. With defenses showing no respect for Houston's meager running game, Schaub has been a sitting duck. The Chargers will disguise where the pressure is coming from, and Schaub will have to read the defense quickly and get rid of the ball.
FAST FACTS: Texans DT Amobi Okoye leads AFC rookies with 4.0 sacks...Chambers' 31 receptions are more than the team's top two wide receivers -- Vincent Jackson and Craig Davis -- combined (29).
TEXANS PERSONNEL NEWS:
--QB Matt Schaub split repetitions in practice with Sage Rosenfels. His ankle, hip, lower back and thigh injuries continue to bother him. Coach Gary Kubiak expects Schaub to be ready to play. But it's unlikely Schaub will start the game.
--RB Adimchinobe Echemandu could see action in a game as early as Sunday. He is a good special teams player, who gives the Texans a receiving option in the backfield and a little speed. Kubiak has not decided if he will activate Ron Dayne or Echemandu yet.
--WR Andre Johnson remains unable to play this week. The Texans expect him back either against Oakland or New Orleans.
--WR Andre' Davis will remain as the team's primary kick returner.
--G Kasey Studdard sat out for another practice and will not play this week.
CHARGERS PERSONNEL NEWS:
--DT Jamal Williams (knees) didn't work Thursday. He is trying to come back from two arthroscopic surgeries over the bye week. He has played in pain in the past.
--WR Craig Davis (ankle) didn't practice. He has been bothered by this for some three weeks and will likely be a game-day decision.
--CB Drayton Florence (knee) was able to work and he will go on Sunday.
--RG Mike Goff continues to practice after thumb surgery during the bye. Goff will go on Sunday.
--C Nick Hardwick (foot) will miss the next two-to-three games. He is replaced by veteran Cory Withrow.
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