OG Mike Goff
"We just want to go out there and grind it out and have a good game and hopefully get a ‘W' on Sunday," said DT Kyle Williams, who starts alongside Stroud.
Goff and Nick Hardwick will both have their hands full with Stroud, but Goff is the one under the microscope. Goff, 32, is in the final year of his contract and has two talented players waiting behind him -- former Pro Bowler Kynan Forney and fourth-year pro Scott Mruczkowski. Goff has started every game since joining the Chargers in 2004, a streak not likely to end this season, but he must raise his game to help San Diego's struggling inside running game.
Defensive Matchup to Watch: CB Quentin Jammer vs. WR Lee Evans
CB Quentin Jammer
"I'm a football player -- I enjoy playing regardless," Jammer said. "I just like getting out there and I feel I can shut anybody in the League down."
Evans is just two seasons removed from an 82-catch, 1,292-yard campaign; this season, he is averaging a phenomenal 27 yards per catch and is on pace for more than 1,300 yards receiving. Jammer must showcase his sound technique and textbook tackling skills to keep Evans in check.
"We have to win," Evans said. "That's what we plan to do is just to win the football game. We know that they are a very good, very talented football team, so it's going to take a tremendous amount of effort and execution to do it."
Special Teams Matchup to Watch: LB Brandon Siler vs. PR Roscoe Parrish
LB Brandon Siler
Siler will have his hands full with Parrish, whose punt return average (15.2 yards) ranks second in the NFL amongst players with more than five returns. Parrish is coming off a thumb injury, but will play on Sunday with a small pad for protection.
"[The pad] is not giving me any problems catching the ball, so the pad is doing a real good job for the thumb supporting it," Parrish said.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.