ESPN: Chiefs at Chargers Preview

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
SAN DIEGO (Ticker) — Priest Holmes rushed for an NFL-record 27 touchdowns with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003. LaDainian Tomlinson fell just shy in his bid to establish his own touchdown record for the San Diego Chargers.

Holmes and Tomlinson both will be on display Sunday when the Chiefs visit the Chargers in an AFC West matchup.

The contest also will feature arguably the game’s two best tight ends in Kansas City’s Tony Gonzalez and San Diego’s Antonio Gates. Gonzalez set an NFL record last seasons for receptions (102) while Gates established the mark for TDs (13).

Holmes, who accounted for 78 touchdowns (68 rushing, 16 receiving) from 2002-04, still is regarded as one of the league’s better backs when healthy. He has seven total touchdowns this season.

However, Tomlinson is the one who now is widely regarded as the NFL’s best back. He has rushed for 659 yards and 10 touchdowns - his fifth straight season to reach double digits in TDs - in seven games.

Last week, Tomlinson had a chance to break a tie with Hall of Famer Lenny Moore by scoring a touchdown in his 19th straight game. Instead, Tomlinson was limited to a career-low seven yards rushing on 17 attempts in a 20-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

It was another bitter defeat for the Chargers, whose four losses all have come as the result of squandering fourth-quarter leads. They already have matched their loss total from all of last season when they won the AFC West title. Holmes rushed for two touchdowns and Larry Johnson also scored on the ground as the Chiefs posted a 30-20 triumph over the Miami Dolphins last Friday night.

Against the Dolphins, Johnson rushed for 93 yards and Holmes gained 90. Kansas City rushed for 185 yards and held the ball for nearly 42 minutes.

The Chargers won both meetings from the Chiefs last season.

In the meeting in Kansas City on November 28, Drew Brees completed 28-of-37 passes for 378 yards and two second-half touchdown passes to Gates to lead the Chargers to a wild 34-31 victory.

Already having wrapped up the division title, the Chargers rested most of their starters in the season finale but still came away with a 24-17 victory. Brees and Tomlinson both sat out.

Matchup watch: Gates, who had eight receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown last week, against strong safety Sammy Knight.

Series: The Chiefs lead, 47-41-2

Next week: San Diego visits NY Jets, November 6; Kansas City hosts Oakland, November 6