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National Football League
Preview
St. Louis at San Diego
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, November 23, 2014
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

The San Diego Chargers were less than impressive in snapping a three-game losing skid while the St. Louis Rams were downright dominant in dumping Peyton Manning and Denver last weekend. The Chargers look to keep the pressure on the Broncos and Kansas City in the AFC West and vie for their eighth home win in nine outings when they host the Rams on Sunday. Philip Rivers has cooled down considerably since a blistering performance during his team's five-game winning streak, throwing for under 200 yards for the second straight contest as San Diego posted a 13-6 win over Oakland last week.

After the contest, tight end Antonio Gates unintentionally disclosed that his veteran quarterback is playing through "a very severe rib injury." Gates later backtracked on his comments and said they were taken out of context, but Rivers was officially listed with having a chest injury in Wednesday's practice report. The ailment could prove to be a target for an aggressive St. Louis defense, which has registered 18 sacks in the last five weeks - including two in a 22-7 victory over Denver.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Chargers -4.5. O/U: 44

ABOUT THE RAMS (4-6): Rookie Tre Mason recorded a season-high 113 yards last week to take the pressure off Shaun Hill, who went 20-of-29 for 220 yards and a touchdown while making his first start since the opener. Kenny Britt became the first St. Louis receiver to reach triple digits in a game with 128 yards - highlighted by a 63-yard scoring reception on a post pattern. Signed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal after a lackluster 2013 season in Tennessee, Britt has reeled in two of his three touchdowns in the last three games.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (6-4): Ryan Mathews rushed for 70 yards on 16 carries in his return to the field for the first time since suffering an MCL sprain in Week 2. The physical back provided a jolt in the backfield as the team rolled up 120 yards on the ground, a significant upgrade from its season average of 85.6 (29th in NFL). On the other side of the ball, San Diego will provide a stern test against the rush-happy Rams, having limited opponents to 109 yards on the ground (12th-best) and 19.2 points overall (sixth-best).

EXTRA POINTS

1. St. Louis DE Robert Quinn has collected all six of his team-leading sacks this season in the last five games.

2. Gates is one touchdown shy of becoming the first tight end in NFL history to record four seasons of at least 10 scores.

3. Rams K Greg Zuerlein drilled five field goals versus the Broncos - including kicks from 55 and 53 yards - to claim NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

PREDICTION: Chargers 17, Rams 14
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
St. Louis 4-6 W1 18.5 25.8 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 0-0 2-2 3-5
San Diego 6-4 W1 21.8 19.2 4-1 2-3 5-4 1-0 0-0 2-2 5-3
Last Meeting
St. Louis San Diego
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/17/10 SD 17 STL 20 300 117 183 287 79 208
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
St. Louis S. Bradford 58.1 198 1 0
San Diego P. Rivers 59.5 249 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
St. Louis S. Jackson 29 109 3.8 1
San Diego R. Mathews 12 64 5.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
St. Louis D. Alexander 4 72 18.0 1
San Diego P. Crayton 6 117 19.5 0
Touchdowns Player TD
St. Louis D. Alexander 1
San Diego C. Davis 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
St. Louis A. Davis 63.4 2001 12 9
San Diego P. Rivers 66.8 2544 21 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
St. Louis T. Mason 92 383 4.2 1
San Diego B. Oliver 111 407 3.7 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
St. Louis J. Cook 34 446 13.1 1
San Diego M. Floyd 32 574 17.9 4
Touchdowns Player TD
St. Louis B. Cunningham 4
San Diego A. Gates 9