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Chargers roll into D.C.

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    LANDOVER, Md. (Ticker) -- Marty Schottenheimer succeeded Norv Turner as coach of the Washington Redskins. Now he would like to follow Turner's lead and beat his former team.

    Schottenheimer and the San Diego Chargers visit the Redskins, who have lost nine consecutive games against AFC teams, on Sunday.

    Fired by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder after the 2001 season, Schottenheimer was quickly hired by the Chargers and guided them to a 12-4 record and the AFC West title in 2004. This season, the Chargers are scrambling for a playoff berth, but they have won three straight and are tied for second in the division, two games behind Denver.

    Meanwhile, the Redskins have lost five of their last seven games after a 3-0 start under Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs and trail co-leaders Dallas and the New York Giants by two games in the NFC East.

    Last week's 16-13 loss to Oakland was especially tough for Washington because it came against Turner, who was fired as Redskins' coach after the 2000 season. The last time the Redskins made the playoffs was in 1999 under Turner.

    Schottenheimer was hired by Snyder to replace Turner and guided the Redskins to an 8-8 record in 2001. But that would be the only season in the nation's capital for Schottenheimer, who was replaced by college coach Steve Spurrier.

    Spurrier lasted just two years before Snyder convinced Gibbs to return. But the Redskins were just 6-10 last season and have been especially hurt by AFC teams.

    This season, the Redskins have lost to Denver, Kansas City and Oakland from the AFC West. The Chargers are 1-2 against NFC East teams.

    San Diego hopes Antonio Gates will be able to play Sunday. The Pro Bowl tight end sprained his right foot when he was tripped up after a 21-yard catch in last week's 48-10 win over Buffalo.

    Drew Brees was flawless last week, completing 28-of-33 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns. With the Buffalo defense keying on LaDainian Tomlinson, who was held to 67 yards on 19 carries, Brees spread the ball around, hitting eight different receivers.

    Keenan McCardell caught six passes for 88 yards, moving past former Charger Lance Alworth for 21st-place on the all-time list with 10,320 yards. Gates had five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

    Meanwhile, the Chargers held Buffalo to 12 first downs and 202 yards and recorded six sacks.

    The Redskins failed to score an offensive touchdown in their loss to Oakland. Mark Brunell completed just 14-of-32 passes for 155 yards. Clinton Portis rushed for 92 yards on 22 carries, but also lost two fumbles.

    Linebacker Lemar Marshall accounted for the Redskins' lone touchdown, scoring on a 17-yard interception return.

    Matchup to watch: Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen will need to keep his eye on blitzing strongside linebacker Shawne Merriman, who had two sacks last week.

    Series: The Redskins lead, 6-1, but the Chargers won the last meeting, 30-3 in 2001.

    Next week: San Diego hosts Oakland, December 4; Washington visits St. Louis, December 4
     

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