The San Diego Chargers: 13 Things to Know

Later this week, Seahawks.NET's Doug Farrar and SDBoltReport.com's Michael Lombardo will have a special "Behind Enemy Lines" series for our readers to enjoy. Until then, here are thirteen things you should know about the San Diego Chargers as they prepare to invade Qwest Field this Sunday and defend their 12-2 record.

· Wade Phillips’ defense held the Kansas City Chiefs to nine points (three field goals) in Sunday’s win…it’s the first time that the Chargers kept the Chiefs out of the end zone since 1994 when they held them to two field goals in a 20-6 win…Kansas City was the third opponent that the Chargers have held to fewer than 10 points this season (Oakland and Tennessee), marking the first time since 1992 (Seattle 6, Indianapolis 0 and L.A. Raiders 3) that the Chargers have held three different opponents to less than 10 points.

· The defense racked up six sacks against the Chiefs, their second-highest (Oakland) total of the season…Randall Godfrey led the way with a career-high two, while Donnie Edwards, Luis Castillo, Shaun Phillips and Carlos Polk each added one…the Bolts have 54 sacks this season and need nine more to set a new team record.

· The Bolts pass defense held Trent Green to a 57.5 passer rating…it’s the fourth time in the last five games that the opposing quarterback’s passer rating has been below 66.0…the Chargers had a season-high 10 passes defensed, led by Quentin Jammer’s season-high five…the other QBs to fall victim recently to the Bolts’ pass defense have been Denver’s Jake Plummer (53.1), Oakland’s Aaron Brooks (58.6) and Buffalo’s JP Losman (65.6)…in the last five games, San Diego’s defense has six interceptions and has broken up 40 passes…Jammer leads the team with four interceptions and ranks second with 14 passes defensed.

· The Chargers run defense also held the Chiefs to 90 yards and no touchdowns on the ground…it was a significant improvement from the Oct. 22 game at Kansas City when Larry Johnson rushed for 132 yards and two scores in the Chiefs’ 30-27 victory…the Bolts have held three of their last four opponents to 90 or fewer yards rushing.

· Donnie Edwards, the Chargers’ jack-of-all-trades linebacker, racked up an interception, sack and tackle for loss in Sunday’s win against his former team…Edwards’ interception in the first quarter was the 27th of his career, more than any other active linebacker in the NFL and they are the most by a LB since he was drafted into the NFL by the Chiefs in 1996...after the INT, Edwards ended K.C.’s next drive with a nine-yard sack on a third-and-12 play and he helped stall their last drive of the first half with a two-yard tackle for loss against Larry Johnson.

· Lorenzo Neal helps make a great player even greater…Neal, the Chargers starting fullback, threw the key block on Kendrell Bell that sprung LaDainian Tomlinson loose on his career-long 85-yard touchdown run (also the third-longest in team history) in the second quarter against the Chiefs…Neal helped contribute to the Bolts racking up their fifth-highest rushing game in team history (265 yards).

· Tomlinson excelled once again in his season-high 199-yard performance against K.C….it was his eighth consecutive 100-yard game and his ninth of the season…it is the fifth-highest single-game rushing total in the NFL this season and the sixth-highest team history…during this eight-game stretch, Tomlinson has four of the top 10 rushing performances in the league this season, including 183 yards vs. St. Louis (seventh), 178 yards at Buffalo (eighth) and 172 yards against Cleveland (10th)…the Chargers are 9-0 this season and have won 21 straight games when #21 rushes for more than 100 yards…prior to this season, Tomlinson had never rushed for more than 100 yards in more than three consecutive games or more than seven times in a season.

· Tomlinson scored two rushing touchdowns in the Chiefs game, the 99th and 100th rushing TDs of his career…he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach the 100 rushing touchdowns mark (93 games)…Emmitt Smith (99 games) had been the fastest before Tomlinson…Tomlinson is the seventh player in NFL history to record 100 rushing touchdowns, joining Smith (164), Marcus Allen (123), Walter Payton (110), Jim Brown (106), John Riggins (104) and Marshall Faulk (100).

· On his first TD of the game, a 15-yard run in the first quarter, Tomlinson broke Paul Hornung’s NFL single-season scoring record (176 points), set in 1960…he finished the game with two TDs, increasing his season scoring total to 186 points.

· LT scored his second TD of the game on the above-mentioned 85-yard run…on that play, he set a new NFL single-season record for rushing touchdowns (28), breaking the previous mark (27) shared by Shaun Alexander (2005) and Priest Holmes (2003)…the 85-yard run was the third-longest in team history and the Bolts’ longest since 1962…Paul Lowe had an 87-yard TD run at Dallas on 9/10/61 and Keith Lincoln had an 86-yard run at Oakland 9/30/62.

· Kansas City was LT’s eighth-consecutive multi-touchdown game, a new NFL record…the previous mark (seven) had been shared by Tomlinson and former Washington Redskin John Riggins (1983).

· On the 85-yard TD run, Tomlinson went over 2,000 scrimmage yards for the season, marking the third time during his career and the first time since 2003 that he’s gone over 2,000 yards in a season…he finished the Chiefs game with 204 total yards from scrimmage (199 rushing and 5 receiving) for his second 200-yard game of the season…the Chargers improved to 10-1 in games when he goes over 200 yards.

· Backup running back Michael Turner burst back onto the field after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury…Turner helped set up the Chargers’ first touchdown of the game with a 25-yard run on a perfectly executed fake punt in the first quarter…it led to a 15-yard TD run by Tomlinson three plays later…then in the third quarter after the Chiefs had kicked a field goal to get within 14-6, Turner broke off a season-long 58-yard kickoff return that would set up a field goal to push the lead back to 11 points at 17-6.


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