SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31: Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers breaks a tackle from Michael Griffin #33 of the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31 2010 in San Diego California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Titans and Chargers both need to get the running game going on Sunday, when they meet in San Diego.
The San Diego Chargers open their 2012 home schedule against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. The two teams both have concerns in the running game coming out of Week 1, though San Diego left Oakland with a 22-14 win and the Titans got beat down by New England at home, 34-13.
Chargers tailback Ryan Mathews was out on Monday night, and without him San Diego rushed only 20 times for 32 yards. A turnover-free, short passing game from Philip Rivers (24-33 for 231, 1 TD), the error-prone Oakland special teams, and a defense that held the Raiders to 45 rushing yards all combined to get the Chargers out of town with a win.
Tennessee totaled a mere 20 yards on the ground against the Patriots; Chris Johnson ran for four yards on 11 attempts. Starting quarterback Jake Locker (23-32, 229, 1 TD, 1 INT) is questionable for Sunday's game with a left shoulder injury, and has been splitting practice time with backup Matt Hasselbeck.
Tennessee-San Diego kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday from Qualcomm Stadium, on CBS. The Chargers opened as seven-point favorites and are now giving six at most online books.