Chargers at Browns Week Eight Capsule

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (3-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-6)

SERIES

  CHARGERS BROWNS
SERIES LEADER 14-7-1  
STREAKS Past 4 & 9 of past 11  
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 1-1 Shurmur: 0-0
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 6: L 35-24 vs. Broncos) L 17-13 at Colts
LAST GAME 12/6/09: Chargers 30 at Browns 23. San Diego QB Philip Rivers throws for 373 yards & 2 TDs (66-yard TD to RB Mike Tolbert & 31-yard TD to RB Darren Sproles) in road victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/09
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 134 (SD), 104 (Cle.). XM: 233 (Cle.).

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 139-209-1,492-10-9-85.3 Weeden (R): 154-272-1,783-9-10-72.3
RUSHING Mathews: 58-259-4.5-1 Richardson (R): 103-348-3.4-4 (T3C)
RECEIVING Floyd: 25-418-16.7-1 Richardson (R) (RB): 24-197-8.2-1
OFFENSE 330.2 324.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 +2
DEFENSE 339.3 410.6
SACKS Phillips: 4.5 D. Jackson: 3
INTs 3 tied: 2 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Scifres: 49.9 (2C) Hodges: 43.5
KICKING Novak: 25 (10/10 PAT; 5/6 FG) Dawson: 51 (15/15 PAT; 12/12 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: Seek 5th straight win vs. Browns…In career vs. Browns, QB PHILIP RIVERS is 2-0 & has completed 37 of 53 passes (69.8 pct.) for 584 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 118.8 rating. Is 40-8 (.833) as starter when posting 100+ rating. Since ’06, Rivers ranks 2nd in NFL with 25,629 passing yards (DREW BREES, 30,491).…RB RYAN MATHEWS is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on road in ’12 (26 att., 141 yards)…TE ANTONIO GATES posted 2 TD rec. last game & Chargers are 13-2 (.867) in such games in his career. Gates (78) trails only HOFer LANCE ALWORTH (81) for most rec. TD in team history. Gates had career-high 167 rec. yards at Cle. on 12/6/09. Registered career-long 72-yard TD catch at Cle. on 12/19/04…WR MALCOM FLOYD has 2 games with 100+ rec. yards (109, 108) in ’12. WR ROBERT MEACHEM averages 23.2 yards per catch on road in ’12. Against Cle. on 11/6/08 (w/ Den.), WR EDDIE ROYAL had career-high 164 rec. yards, incl. career-long 93-yard TD catch…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS has 2 sacks in 2 games vs. Cle. Phillips (64.5) has 3rd-most sacks by Charger (LESLIE O’NEAL, 105.5; LEE WILLIAMS, 65.5)…Since ’11, S ERIC WEDDLE leads NFL with 9 INTs…BROWNS: Rookie QB BRANDON WEEDEN leads NFL rookies with 9 TD passes. In past 2, Weeden has passed for 495 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 94.6 passer rating. Aims for 4th straight game 2 TD passes…Rookie RB TRENT RICHARDSON leads AFC rookies with 348 rush yards. Richardson has 4 rush TDs in past 6 games. RB MONTARIO HARDESTY had rush TD in last home game…WR JOSH GORDON is 1st Browns rookie with TD catch in 3 straight games since 2002 (ANDRE’ DAVIS). In past 3, Gordon has 7 catches for 240 yards (34.3 avg.) with 4 TDs. Leads NFL rookies in receiving yards (333). Averages 23.8 yards per catch (14 rec., 333 yards). WR GREG LITTLE tied career-high with 6 rec. last week…Browns have AFC-best 10 INTs this season…LB D’QWELL JACKSON has team-high 46 tackles in ’12…Since entering NFL in ’10, CB JOE HADEN leads team with 8 INTs…CB SHELDON BROWN had team-high 10 tackles, sack, FF & FR last week…PR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS is 3rd in NFL with 14.3 PR avg. in ’12.

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