TENNESSEE TITANS (5-2) at SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-5)
3:05 (CDT), Sunday
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
TV: CBS (Comcast, Ch. 5) Radio: WGFX-FM 104.5
About the Titans:
• Running back Chris Johnson needs 104 rushing yards to become the fourth player in franchise history to rush for at least 4,000. He also can tie Earl Campbell, Edgerrin James, Adrian Peterson and Clinton Portis for third fastest in NFL history to 4,000 yards (39 games).
• Wide receiver Kenny Britt has caught at least one touchdown pass in five consecutive games. Only Bill Groman (eight straight in 1961) has done so in more than five in a row. Britt is tied for third in the league in touchdowns.
• They have won four straight regular-season games on the road, a streak which dates back to the final game of the 2009 season. They have won five in a row four times previously, most recently 2007-08.
• They have scored 30 or more three straight weeks and four times overall. Their only victory in which they didn’t score that many was when they defeated the New York Giants 29-10. They scored a total of 31 in their two defeats.
About the Chargers:
• Quarterback Philip Rivers has tied a franchise record, originally set by Dan Fouts, with at least one touchdown pass in 20 straight games. His currently is the longest active streak in the NFL.
• Running back Mike Tolbert has at least one rushing touchdown in each of the last four games and six overall in the last six games. Tolbert is tied for sixth in the league in touchdowns.
• Their only victories this season have been at home. They topped Jacksonville 38-13 in Week 2 and whipped Arizona 41-10 two weeks later. They have lost three straight overall and have not lost four in a row since 2003.
• All of their losses have been by eight points or fewer, including three points in each of the last two. Their two victories have been by a combined 56 points.
Something to consider:
• San Diego is the only team Jeff Fisher has not defeated. Tennessee’s coach is 0-6 all-time (0-1 in the playoffs) against the Chargers. Among those defeats was one in which Ryan Leaf was San Diego’s quarterback (1998). The franchise’s last victory in the series was 1992.
• Tennessee and San Diego both enter the week among the top five in team passer rating. With Vince Young (101 attempts) and Kerry Collins (72 attempts) splitting duties, the Titans are fourth at 95.5. Rivers has thrown all but one pass for the Chargers, who are second at 97.9.
• Each team has 25 sacks, which is the most in the NFL this season. Dave Ball and Jason Babin each have six for the Titans. Shaun Phillips has seven for the Chargers. Similarly, both teams have allowed 20 sacks.
The Chargers are a statistical oddity in that they have put up huge numbers on both sides of the ball but have not translated that into many wins. Then again, they never seem to lose to the Titans.
It’s likely the game will feature fewer points than most expect because both offenses will become one-dimensional – the Titans won’t be able to throw effectively and the Chargers won’t be able to run effectively.
The difference, therefore, will be a turnover, probably an interception thrown by the Titans – regardless of who’s at quarterback – when the offensive line fails to dissect an aggressive pass rush in time.
Chargers 20, Titans 16