Chargers impressive again
Antonio Gates

Posted Oct 16, 2006

The San Diego Chargers improved to 4-1 with an offense that is scoring at a 30.2 points per game clip and a defense that is allowing 10.2 points per game.

Head coach Marty Schottenheimer won his 190th career regular-season game, tying him with Dan Reeves for sixth-most all-time. He is now 4-3 against the San Francisco 49ers in his career, winning each of his last four games against them.

The Chargers have won 26 of their last 38 regular-season games under Schottenheimer and are 12-7 during the month of October under Schottenheimer.

“We have made a lot of progress over the last four or five years,” said Schottenheimer. “We have an exciting football team. We are working hard each week to go out and win.”

Five games into the season, the Chargers are outscoring their opponents by 96 points (151-55). The Bolts are the top team in the AFC in this category.

Through five games, the Chargers are only allowing 71.6 yards per game on the ground, fewest in the NFL.

Since 1997 (149 total regular-season games), the Chargers have only allowed 59 teams to rush for more than 100 yards. It is tied with Baltimore for the fewest 100-yard games allowed since 1997.

For the fifth-consecutive week, the Chargers controlled the ball for more than 33 minutes on offense and they lead the NFL in average time of possession (35:33).

In 140 total pass plays, including one by LaDainian Tomlinson, the offensive line has only surrendered five sacks.

Nate Kaeding hit his 87th consecutive PAT in the fourth quarter, tying the franchise record originally set by Rolf Benirschke.

David Binn played in the 196th career game of his career Sunday to pass Doug Wilkerson (1971-1984) for the second-most games played in team history. Binn needs to play in four more games to tie the team record for games played (200), which is shared by Junior Seau (1990-2002) and Russ Washington (1968-1982).

“He is so relaxed until he gets his hands on the ball and he is all business,” former Charger punter Darren Bennett said.

“He’s underappreciated,” said Kaeding. “He’s a legend. This is his big year where he’s breaking the record for most games played.”

Mike Scifres punted for the first time in the game with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter. It was his only punt of the game and traversed 53 yards.

Injury Report:

Shane Olivea hurt his knee in the second quarter and was kept out for precautionary reasons. After the game it was reported to be sore and he was available if needed in the second half. He will be reevaluated on Monday.

Quentin Jammer was hurt on a special teams play when he was hit by his own teammate Carlos Polk. Polk hit Jammer in his right arm, which caused Jammer to miss one play.

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