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Chargers Team Report - 11/29/10

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    The Chargers, winners of four straight games, settle in for a three-game home stand and they do so with a big dose of momentum.

    "Hopefully we can keep it going," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "We got it going good right now."

    The Raiders arrive Sunday, the first of two straight games against AFC West rivals.

    The Chargers took their lumps earlier when starting 2-5. Among the reasons for their stumbles were four of their first six games were on the road. And the Chargers lost all four.

    The Chargers now benefit with a home-loaded schedule, enjoying a season-high three straight games against the Raiders, Chiefs and 49ers.

    "I like the fact we are getting healthy and the way we are playing in a physical manner," coach Norv Turner said. "We have a pretty good stretch coming up."

    Not that the Chargers are looking too far down the calendar.

    "We made that commitment five, six weeks ago that every week was going to be a one-week season," Turner said. "If we stay on that approach we will be fine."

    It's imperative the Chargers retain their winning ways with Oakland and Kansas City up first. But it was Sunday's big win in Indianapolis, their fifth in sixth games over the Colts, that makes the upcoming home games important.

    "It's a huge win on the road because there was a lot riding on it and we showed up," said Eric Weddle, who returned one of the Chargers' four interceptions for a touchdown.

    The Chargers are trying to avenge losses to the Raiders and Chiefs that came at their venues.

    "We got three in a row at home and obviously our divisional (games) are starting now," Turner said. "We got the Raiders coming in and we didn't like how our game finished up there earlier in the year. I think our guys will be ready to go."

    The Chargers trail the divisional-leading Chiefs by a game with five remaining and need to get right in the division, where they have a 1-2 record. The Chargers have won four straight division titles because of their dominance in the division.

    The Chargers are among the league leaders in offense and defense, but it's the special teams that have turned the biggest corner. The Chargers got some injured players back and shook up the roster to get the right mix of personnel.

    "Look at our last four weeks and we have taken care of the ball and played well on special teams," Turner said. "Physically I think we are doing a lot of good things but we had a lot of moving parts."

    Tight end Antonio Gates hopes to play in his second straight game after missing the Chargers' previous two games. He is still slowed by foot and toe injuries, but he's fighting through it.

    "It makes you hurt to watch him run," Turner said. "But he sets a good example for everybody."

    NOTES, QUOTES

    LINEUP WATCH: Wide receiver Legedu Naanee will get a big opportunity to contribute with the uncertain status of Malcom Floyd (hamstring) and Vincent Jackson (calf). Naanee will play his second straight game after missing four straight with a hamstring injury.

    BY THE NUMBERS: The 2001 season is a long time ago and that was the last time the Raiders swept the Chargers in their annual two-game series. They have a chance to do it again Sunday.

    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    PLAYER NOTES

    —WR Vincent Jackson injured his calf in his first game of the season and didn't return; his status is uncertain for Sunday.

    —RG Louis Vasquez (neck) wasn't able to play Sunday; he'll try and practice this week.

    —RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) didn't play but the Chargers are hopeful he's available Sunday.

    —WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring) was active Sunday but didn't have a reception. He's still slowed by his injury.

    —SS Steve Gregory (shoulder) wasn't able to play and will try to practice this week; he's missed two games.

    —DE Travis Johnson (shoulder) wasn't able to go Sunday.

    —CB Donald Strickland (hip) was an inactive Sunday and will try to practice this week.

    —ILB Stephen Cooper left the Colts game with a knee injury but was able to return.

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