Five to Watch: Chargers vs. Raiders

In addition to the Chargers playing for the No. 3 seed in the AFC, some San Diego stars will look to tackle a few records this weekend when they take on the Oakland Raiders. Mike Scifres attempts to kick his way into Chargers lore and rookie Jyles Tucker looks to open some eyes.

1. LaDainian Tomlinson sets his sights on a second consecutive rushing title. He jumped ahead of an injured Willie Parker last week and has 113 more yards than his closest threat, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. Assuming Peterson doesn't break the single-game rushing record that he set against the Chargers, the honor will likely go to Tomlinson.

Tomlinson continues to produce in his seventh season. He sits at No. 7 on the NFL's all-time career touchdowns list with 128, just three shy of Cris Carter and Terrell Owens. And with his touchdown pass in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, Tomlinson has seven touchdown passes in his career, which ranks second behind Walter Payton (eight) for most touchdown passes by a non-quarterback.

Tomlinson, who owns or shares 20 Chargers records, will have a light load this weekend as the Bolts prepare for their first-round playoff matchup. Nonetheless, LT is a safe bet to pick up the 50 rushing yards needed to surpass Ricky Waters for No. 18 on the all-time rushing yardage list.

2. Antonio Gates needs one touchdown to reach double digits. If he gets it on Sunday, it will mark his third season with 10 or more scores, which would give Gates a new NFL record in only his fifth season. Gates is 78 yards shy of second-ever 1,000-yard season. Like Tomlinson, Gates will see limited action this weekend.

3. The midseason acquisition of Chris Chambers not only saved Chambers from an excruciating season in Miami, but it gave Philip Rivers another downfield threat. Chambers enters the Raiders game 79 yards short of 1,000 on the year. If Rivers can spread the wealth and get both Chambers and Gates the receiving yards they need, the duo will be San Diego's first 1,000-yard receiving teammates since WR Wes Chandler (1,199) and RB-WR Lionel James (1,027) in 1985.

4. Mike Scifres is trying to become the first Charger ever to record a net average of 40 yards or better. Scifres stands at exactly 40 for the 2007 campaign. With a few booming kicks and good coverage, he will write his name in the Bolts' record book. The five-year pro out of Western Illinois has set career-highs in punts (74) and yards (3,430) this season, much of which is due to San Diego's early-season offensive struggles. With three more punts downed inside the 20-yard line, Scrifres will set a new career-high.

5. With a few players banged up on defense, including Shawne Merriman (knee), Marques Harris (hand) and Brandon Siler (shoulder), rookie linebacker Jyles Tucker should net his most extensive playing time of the season. Tucker has eight tackles and a half-sack through five games. Tucker will try to make the most out of the opportunity in order to impress the coaching staff and position himself for 2008. The 6-foot-3, 258-lb. linebacker has good power and athleticism and will try to make a name for himself in the second half.

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