They beat Indianapolis on Monday night, then travel cross-country to play in Jacksonville on Sunday in what will be a 10 a.m. kickoff on the West Coast. Not exactly an ideal bit of scheduling, even if the Jaguars are one of the NFL’s three winless teams.
San Diego is coming off a 19-9 victory over visiting Indianapolis. Philip Rivers threw for 237 yards and one touchdown, Ryan Mathews ran for 102 yards and the defense limited Andrew Luck and the Colts to just 267 yards of total offense.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on CBS.
Here’s a look at the Chargers:
Last week: Beat Indianapolis 19-9.
Coach: Mike McCoy, first season (3-2).
Offensive coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt.
Defensive coordinator: John Pagano.
Series record: Chargers lead 3-3.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON OFFENSE
QB Philip Rivers: He’s enjoying a bit of a comeback after throwing for 35 interceptions the past two seasons. He has 14 touchdown passes and is third in the NFL in passing yards per game (307.8) and second in passer rating (108.7).
RB Danny Woodhead: The free agent from New England leads the team with 73 touches on offense (37 carries, 36 receptions) and has scored three touchdowns. He is averaging only 5.6 yards per touch but is tied for the team lead in catches with Antonio Gates.
WR Keenan Allen: The rookie second-round draft pick has had back-to-back 100-yard games and has established himself as a player who’s tough enough to go over the middle, make a tough catch and take a pounding. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Allen has 23 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON DEFENSE
S Eric Weddle: The Chargers’ 2012 MVP (as voted by teammates) leads the team with 42 tackles and has knocked down six passes. He is as dependable as it gets, having only missed four games in his seven seasons in the NFL. He hasn’t missed a game since 2009.
LB Manti Te'o: Te’o suffered a sprained foot in an Aug. 7 preseason game and didn’t get back on the field until the Chargers’ Sept. 29 game against Dallas. He has started the past two games and has 13 tackles in three games.
CB Derek Cox: He was Chargers GM Tom Telesco’s most expensive free-agent signing ($20 million, four-year contract) but has been a disappointment so far. He has 25 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception, but he has been given up too many big plays, including a 44-yard touchdown to Raiders receiver Rod Streater in one-on-one coverage.
The Chargers’ 147 yards rushing against Indianapolis was the team’s most since Week 2 of the 2012 season. Mathews’ 102 yards marked the first time he had rushed for 100 or more yards since Dec. 11, 2011. ... The Chargers have started five different offensive line combinations in six games. ... After battling injuries the past several seasons, including plantar fasciitis, Gates is healthy and is second in the NFL in receiving yards and third in receptions among tight ends. He has 36 catches for 466 yards.