NFL Week 12 Capsule – Rams at Chargers



STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Fisher: 0-7 McCoy: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 22-7 vs. Broncos W 13-6 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 10/17/10: Chargers 17 at Rams 20. St. Louis RB Steven Jackson rushes for 109 yards & TD. Rams WR Danario Alexander adds 4 catches for 72 yards, including 38-yard TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/29/06: Chargers 38, Rams 24. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 183 yards & scores 3 total TDs (2 rushing, 1 receiving). Chargers LB Shawne Merriman records 3 sacks.
BROADCAST FOX (1:05 PM PT): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (StL.), 139 (SD). XM: 232 (SD).


PASSING Hill: 28-42-301-1-1-85.5 Rivers: 219-328-2544-21-8-101.2
RUSHING Mason (R): 92-383-4.2-1 Oliver (R): 111-407-3.7-2
RECEIVING Cook (TE): 34-446-13.1-1
  1. Allen: 55-537-9.8-1
OFFENSE 312.9 330.4
DEFENSE 362.4 331.4
SACKS Quinn: 6 Liuget: 2.5
INTs Ogletree: 2 Flowers: 2
PUNTING Hekker: 45.7 Scifres: 45.3
KICKING Zuerlein: 65 (20/20 PAT; 15/18 FG) Novak: 72 (24/24 PAT; 16/17 FG)


RAMS: QB SHAUN HILL completed 20 of 29 (69 pct.) for 220 yards with 1 TD, 0 INTs & 102.7 rating last week…Rookie RB TRE MASON rushed for career-high 113 yards & had career-best 29 carries last week. Has led team in rushing in all 6 games played. RB BENNY CUNNINGHAM has TD in 4 of past 7…WR KENNY BRITT had 4 catches for 128 yards & TD (63 yards) last week. TE LANCE KENDRICKS has TD in 3 of past 5 vs. AFC. Is tied with RB Cunningham for team lead with 4 TDs…In past 5 vs. AFC, DE ROBERT QUINN has 5 sacks & 3 FFs. In 6 games vs. AFC, LB ALEC OGLETREE has 44 tackles, 8 PD, 2 INTs (98-yard TD) & FF. DT AARON DONALD leads NFL rookie DTs with 4 sacks & ties for overall rookie lead. In past 7 vs. AFC, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS has 2 INTs, 2 FRs & 2 sacks. Since entering NFL in 2009, is only player in NFL with 14+ sacks (14) & 9+ INTs (9). Since entering NFL in 2012, CB JANORIS JENKINS has 4 INT-TDs, tied for most in NFL. DT MICHAEL BROCKERS has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 7 vs. AFC. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had INT last week…CHARGERS: Have won 7 of past 8 at home…In past 8 at home, QB PHILIP RIVERS has 2,026 pass yards with 19 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 110.0 rating. Has 2+ TDs in 7 of past 9 overall. Has 34,913 career passing yards & needs 87 to become 2nd player in club history to reach 35,000…RB RYAN MATHEWS led team with 75 scrimmage yards last week vs. Raiders. Rushed for 64 yards on 12 att. (5.3 avg.) in only career meeting. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC. Rookie RB BRANDEN OLIVER (undrafted) ranks 4th among NFL rookies in rush yards (407) & has 2 rush TDs…TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 10th all-time with 96 TD catches & needs 3 to tie HOFer DON HUTSON (99). Needs 1 TD to become 1st TE in NFL history with 4 career 10+ TD seasons. WR KEENAN ALLEN has 3 TD catches in past 4 vs. NFC. WR EDDIE ROYAL has 4 TD rec. in past 6 vs. NFC…S ERIC WEDDLE leads team with 63 tackles. Has 13 INTs since 2011, most among AFC players. Last week, LB KAVELL CONNER had 1st sack since joining SD.

Gates Says Rivers Has Been ‘Toughing Out’ a Severe Rib Injury

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers gave onlookers a couple held-breath moments in the second half, one when his left leg got rolled up on and another when hit to the mid-section on a third-down sack.

Following a 13-6 win over the Raiders, tight end Antonio Gates told a group of reporters that rib pain for Rivers was nothing new, Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports.

Rivers never exited the game, not for the tweaked knee or rib shot.

He was evaluated on the sideline in both instances. Reserve quarterback Kellen Clemens warmed up after a hunched-over Rivers walked to the sideline following the latter.

“He’s showed a lot in the past, his mental toughness, his will to win and overcome anything he’s dealing with from a physical standpoint,” Gates said.

“Not for once did I think he was going to go out of the game. I watched the guy play with a torn ACL. He takes some shots. He’s taken some shots all year. For those who don’t know, he’s been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury, so he’s been toughing it out these last three or four weeks.”

Reached later, Rivers downplayed the situation.

“I’m no more banged up than other quarterback in the league,” Rivers said. “All good.”

It is unclear when Rivers sustained the injury Gates referenced.

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Chargers vs Broncos Tuesday Injury Report

(San Diego did not practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.) 
Practice Report
Monday LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), RB Donald Brown (concussion), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (knee), LB Manti Te’o (foot)
Tuesday RB Donald Brown (concussion), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), LB Dwight Freeney (not injury related), RB Ryan Mathews (knee), G Rich Ohrnberger (back), LB Manti Te’o (foot)
Monday CB Jason Verrett (shoulder), CB Steve Williams (groin)
Tuesday LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), CB Jason Verrett (shoulder), CB Steve Williams (groin)
Monday T D.J. Fluker (ankle), G Rich Ohrnberger (back)
Tuesday LB Kavell Conner (ankle), T D.J. Fluker (ankle)
(Denver did not practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.) 
Practice Report
Monday RB Montee Ball (groin), CB Omar Bolden (concussion), LB Steven Johnson (ankle), K Brandon McManus (right groin)
Tuesday RB Montee Ball (groin), CB Omar Bolden (concussion), LB Steven Johnson (ankle), K Brandon McManus (right groin)
Monday S Quinton Carter (hamstring), CB Chris Harris (knee), RB Juwan Thompson (knee), S T.J. Ward (knee)
Tuesday S Quinton Carter (hamstring), CB Chris Harris (knee), RB Juwan Thompson (knee), S T.J. Ward (knee)


Video: CBS Sports Previews The Chiefs at Chargers Week 7 Battle

San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 7 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.

Poll: AFC West Week 6 Matchup – Who Wins the Chargers or Raiders?

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers

Chargers at Raiders NFL Week 6 Capsule



STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. McCoy: 1-1 Sparano: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 31-0 vs. Jets Bye (Wk. 4: L 38-14 vs. Dolphins in London)
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Raiders 13 at Chargers 26. San Diego RB Ryan Mathews rushes for 99 yards & TD. Chargers QB Philip Rivers throws for 201 yards & TD to WR Keenan Allen.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/6/13: Raiders 27, Chargers 17. Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor throws for 221 yards & 2 TDs, including 44-yard TD to WR Rod Streater. Raiders defense records 3 INTs.
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM PT): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 93 (SD), 140 (Oak.). XM: 233 (Oak.).


PASSING Rivers: 116-165-1443 (2C)-12 (T2L)-2-116.3 (1L) Carr (R): 84-133-734-4-4-75.2
RUSHING Oliver (R): 31-148-4.8-1 McFadden: 45-151-3.4-1
RECEIVING K. Allen: 25-269-10.8-0 J. Jones: 21-272-13.0-2
OFFENSE 369.2 270.0
TAKE/GIVE +6 (T1L) -4
DEFENSE 290.8 (1C) 365.3
SACKS Freeney: 2 4 tied: 1
INTs Flowers: 2 (T1C) Carrie, Woodson: 1
PUNTING Scifres: 43.0 King: 44.7
KICKING Novak: 47 (3C) (14/14 PAT; 11/11 FG) Janikowski: 15 (6/6 PAT; 3/3 FG)


CHARGERS:Since 2006, QB PHILIP RIVERS has 33,664 pass yards, 2nd most in NFL (DREW BREES, 40,307). In past 4, has completed 95 of 129 passes (73.6 pct.) for 1,205 yards with 11 TDs vs. 1 INT for 127.6 rating. Aims for 5th in row with 120+ rating. Chargers are 34-3 (.919) when Rivers starts & has 120+ rating, including last week vs. NYJ (288 yards, 3 TDs, 125.3 rating)…In Week 5, undrafted rookie RB BRANDEN OLIVER had career-high 114 yards on 19 att. & TD…Last week, TE ANTONIO GATES (92) had 2 TDs (4 rec, 60 yards), surpassing ISAAC BRUCE (91) for No. 10 all-time in career rec. TDs. WR EDDIE ROYAL has 4 TDs in past 3. Has 296 catches & needs 4 to reach 300 career. In 2 career meetings, WR KEENAN ALLEN has 141 receiving yards & 2 TDs…DE DWIGHT FREENEY had sack in last meeting (12/26/10 with Ind.). DT SEAN LISSEMORE had 1st sack of season last week. CB BRANDON FLOWERS aims for 3rd in row with INT. S ERIC WEDDLE has 13 INTs since 2011, most in AFC, including INT in last meeting. LB DONALD BUTLER leads team with 27 tackles…RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in pass yards (734) & TDs (4). Aims for 5th game in row with 60+ comp. pct. Completed 16 of 25 passes (64 pct.) for 146 yards vs. Dolphins. Has rushed for 66 yards on 7 att. (9.4 avg.)…In past 2 vs. SD, RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has 244 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 110 receiving) & TD catch. Has 68 career rush TDs, 2nd-most among active players. RB DARREN MC FADDEN had 72 scrimmage yards in Wk. 4 (40 rush, 32 rec.). Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 29 career TDs (24 rush, 5 rec.) & needs 1 to become 8th RB in club history with 30…WR JAMES JONES led team with 6 catches & 83 rec. yards vs. Dolphins. WR ANDRE HOLMES made 1st start of season in Wk. 4 & had 5 catches for 74 yards & TD…Rookie CB T.J. CARRIE (Round 7, 219 overall) had 1st career INT vs. Mia. CB CHARLES WOODSON (57) needs INT to tie HOFer EMMITT THOMAS (58) for No. 11 on all-time list. In last home meeting, had INT & FR.

Chargers Slam Jets 31-0 To Move To 4-1

New York Jets v San Diego Chargers

Everything that could have went right did for the Bolts on Sunday, as a dominating defense combined with solid play from Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and rookie back Branden Oliver for a rather easy 31-0 win over the awful New York Jets.

Rivers and Gates got off to a quick start, as the Chargers QB threw two touchdown passes to Gates to get San Diego off to a quick start and they would never look back.

The win was the 4th straight for the Chargers, who continue to run neck and neck with the Broncos for best in the division.

Rivers had his way with the Jets. He was 20 of 28 for 288 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.

The Jets offense was no match for the Chargers D, as they didn’t make it across the 50-yard line until 7:35 left in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 33-yard gain on a pass interference call against Richard Marshall. The Jets had only four first downs through three quarters.

New York played two QB’s in Geno Smith and Michael Vick. Smith was just four of 12 passes for 27 yards with one interception for a rating of 7.6. Vick was 9 of 20 for 47 yards.

Credit the Chargers D for never taking their foot off the gas, and completing the job with the shutout to put the Jets at 1-4.

Oliver was a pleasant surprise, as he came in and had a 9-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter on a drive he kept going with a 52-yard run. He was playing for an injured Donald Brown.

On the day Oliver, a free agent from Buffalo, ran 19 times for 114 yards and caught four passes for 68 yards.

After seeing a number of upsets the last two weeks by road teams, there’s no doubt the Chargers look like a playoff team once again, and Sunday proved it beating a bad team at home to go to 3-0.