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Tennessee vs L.A. Chargers
When: 9:30 AM ET, Sunday, October 21, 2018
Where: Wembley Stadium, London

Philip Rivers is enjoying a stellar season for the Los Angeles Chargers, and the 36-year-old quarterback attempts to carry his success over to London when his squad faces the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Rivers has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 1,702 yards and 15 touchdowns against three interceptions through six games.

Rivers ranks sixth in NFL history with 357 touchdown passes and eighth in yardage (52,050), but leading the Chargers to a fifth win is his main focus. "Whatever the numbers are, I really don't care anymore," Rivers told reporters. "I do, in that if you play well, you give your team a chance to win. But where you stack up all of those things, unless there's a direct correlation to winning, that's really what it's all about." Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota is on the other side of the equation with just two TD passes this season, and the Titans haven't scored an offensive touchdown during their two-game slide. "When it comes down to it, I think the mistakes, the lack of execution, those things are correctable," Mariota told reporters. "For us, if we can just go out there and focus on being efficient, on every little detail, that I think in itself will help us and hopefully lead to more points. When you are not scoring touchdowns, especially the last couple of weeks, there is a sense of frustration."

TV: 9:30 a.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Chargers -6.5. O/U: 45.5

ABOUT THE TITANS (3-3): Tennessee is looking to bounce back from an abysmal offensive performance in last Sunday's 21-0 loss to Baltimore as the team registered just 106 total yards and seven first downs while allowing Mariota to be sacked 11 times. “This is a humbling league, and we’ve been humbled the last few weeks,” Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur told reporters. “Every game is different, and unfortunately, last week we got outcoached and we got outplayed, and that starts with me. It’s a pretty humbling experience.” Tennessee ranks 30th in scoring offense (14.5 points per game), but the defense is third in average points allowed (17.8) and will get a boost from the return of linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who missed most of the last three games with a shoulder injury.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (4-2): While Rivers leads an attack averaging 29.2 points per game, unsung running back Melvin Gordon is on the verge of losing that label. Gordon is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, has scored nine touchdowns and leads the AFC with 745 yards from scrimmage (466 rushing, 279 receiving). The Chargers recorded five sacks in last Sunday's 38-14 win over Cleveland and Melvin Ingram (37.5 career sacks) likely is salivating at the prospect of facing a Tennessee offensive line that struggled so mightily against Baltimore.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Chargers have won nine of the last 10 meetings.

2. Los Angeles WR Tyrell Williams registered 118 receiving yards against the Browns for his sixth career 100-yard effort.

3. Tennessee RB Derrick Henry (team-best 240 rushing yards) has been held below 30 yards on three occasions and has yet to score a touchdown.

PREDICTION: Chargers 30, Titans 20
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Tennessee 3-3 L2 14.5 17.8 2-1 1-2 3-2 0-1 - - 2-3
L.A. Chargers 4-2 W3 29.2 24.0 2-1 2-1 3-2 1-0 - - 3-1
Last Meeting
Tennessee L.A. Chargers
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/6/16 TEN 35 LAC 43 393 80 313 476 208 268
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tennessee M. Mariota 62.8 313 3 2
L.A. Chargers P. Rivers 72.7 275 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tennessee D. Murray 14 51 3.6 1
L.A. Chargers M. Gordon III 32 196 6.1 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tennessee K. Wright 2 64 32.0 0
L.A. Chargers A. Gates 5 75 15.0 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Tennessee R. Matthews 2
L.A. Chargers B. Flowers 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tennessee M. Mariota 63.6 793 2 4
L.A. Chargers P. Rivers 68.6 1702 15 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tennessee D. Henry 72 240 3.3 0
L.A. Chargers M. Gordon III 91 466 5.1 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tennessee C. Davis 27 385 14.3 1
L.A. Chargers K. Allen 36 434 12.1 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Tennessee D. Cruikshank 1
L.A. Chargers M. Gordon III 9