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Titans (5-2) Play Chargers (2-5) Sunday at San Diego

Posted Oct 26, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The AFC South’s first-place Tennessee Titans (5-2) carry a three-game winning streak to San Diego this week to face the Chargers (2-5).  The late afternoon kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium (capacity 70,000) is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Oct. 31. 

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The matchup with the Chargers will be the Titans’ final game before a bye in Week 9, their latest bye since 2005 (Week 10).  In Jeff Fisher’s head coaching career, his teams are 9-6 all-time before the bye and 9-6 after the bye.  The Titans return from their open date with a Nov. 14 trip to Miami.  
 
In San Diego, the Titans will attempt to earn their first victory over the Chargers since 1992.  Since that time, the Chargers have won seven consecutive games in the series, including a 2007 AFC Wild Card Game and last year’s Christmas clash at LP Field. The Titans have not won on the road against the Chargers since 1990.  San Diego is the lone franchise among 31 NFL opponents that Fisher has never defeated in his career.

THE BROADCAST

The game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Ian Eagle will handle play-by-play duties, while Dan Fouts will provide analysis. 

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.

Additionally, Westwood One Radio Sports will carry the national radio broadcast.  Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will provide the call.

LAST WEEK

Last week, the Titans used four turnovers and a memorable performance by wide receiver Kenny Britt to defeat the Eagles 37-19.  The Titans posted 27 unanswered points in the final quarter, setting a franchise record for fourth-quarter scoring. 

Trailing 19-10 with less than 14 minutes to play, Britt recorded his second touchdown of the game—a career-long 80-yard reception from Kerry Collins—to ignite the Titans’ scoring barrage.  Collins, who was starting due to Vince Young’s ankle and knee injuries, passed for 276 yards in the game.  Britt was on the receiving end for 225 of those yards, recording the fifth-highest total in franchise history.  In the fourth quarter alone, Britt registered 159 receiving yards, the largest single-quarter total in the NFL since 2006 (Buffalo’s Lee Evans, 205 in the first quarter at Houston on 11/19/06). 

Safety Michael Griffin notched an interception for the fourth consecutive game, becoming the seventh player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, and Cortland Finnegan returned an interception for his fourth career touchdown (third on an interception).

The Titans added two fumble recoveries against the Eagles, the first of which helped shift the momentum in the contest.  With the Eagles ahead 16-7, Jason Jones caused a fumble in the Eagles’ backfield. Alterraun Verner fell on the loose ball at the Titans’ three-yard line, giving the rookie cornerback four takeaways (two interceptions, two fumble recoveries) in seven career games.

With the victory, the Titans took a slim lead in the AFC South race.  At 5-2, they have a half-game advantage over the 4-2 Colts and Texans, who were off last weekend with their byes. 

THE CHARGERS

Meanwhile, the Chargers lost at home to the New England Patriots last week by a final score of 23-20.  A last-second field goal that would have tied the game bounced off the right upright, dropping the Chargers to 2-5 this season.  They currently reside in a tie for third place in the AFC West.

Nevertheless, the Chargers enter this week’s game with the NFL’s top offense and defense.  They have yielded just 244.3 yards per game to the opposition, while they have gained an average of 422.7 yards per game.  Quarterback Philip Rivers leads the NFL with a total of 2,344 passing yards, and tight end Antonio Gates has a league-best eight touchdown receptions.

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