The Chargers have won the last five meetings dating to 1981 and lead the all-time series 5-3.
Lions CBs Fernando Bryant and Travis Fisher vs. Chargers QB Philip Rivers. The Lions rank near the bottom of the NFL in pass defense but have recorded 16 interceptions this season (seventh in the league). Rivers has committed 20 turnovers this season (15 interceptions and five fumbles). Rivers struggled early against the Titans before he rebounded to throw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Chargers' comeback. Rivers must show some of that consistency early because San Diego's struggles this season can be directly tied to Rivers' performance. The team is 8-1 when the young quarterback completes 70 percent of his passes. Rivers needs to avoid the mistakes and let the Chargers skill players do their job on offense. Rivers is 5-2 as a starter against the NFC.
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Lions quarterback Jon Kitna threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns in his last start against the Chargers in 2003 as the Bengals quarterback. ... Tomlinson needs only 5 rushing yards to join Eric Dickerson as the only players in NFL history to start their career with seven 1,200-yard seasons.