San Diego (6-4) at Washington (5-5)

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  • Game info: 1:00 pm EST Sun Nov 27, 2005
  • TV: CBS
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With three straight wins, the San Diego Chargers are hoping to make a run at the AFC West title. The Washington Redskins are just looking to get above .500 and stay in postseason contention.

The Chargers look to extend their winning streak to four when they face the Redskins at FedEx Field.

San Diego won its third straight Sunday, routing the Buffalo Bills 48-10 behind Drew Brees, who passed for 339 yards and a season-high four touchdowns.

The only bad news for the Chargers came in the third quarter, when tight end Antonio Gates suffered a sprained foot following a 21-yard reception. He was forced to leave the game, but an MRI on Monday revealed no significant damage.

Gates practiced for the second day in a row Friday and reported no setbacks with the injury. He is listed as questionable for Sunday, and coach Marty Schottenheimer said he would make a game-time decision regarding his top pass-catcher’s availability.

“It was basically the same as yesterday—it got a little bit better,” Gates said. “I think it’s still going to be a game-time decision for us.”

Gates caught 30 passes on third down for 358 yards and six touchdowns last season. He set an NFL record for tight ends with 13 touchdown receptions, helping the Chargers to a 12-4 record and the AFC West title.

Gates leads the team this season with 56 receptions, 784 yards and seven TDs.

Schottenheimer is relieved Gates is preparing to play Sunday.

“You don’t want to see any player sustain any kind of injury,” Schottenheimer said. “In his case, he’s a big part of what we’re doing overall as a football team. But we have the good fortune of the football gods smiling on all of us.”

Schottenheimer will try to become the second former Redskins coach in two weeks to win at Washington after Norv Turner led Oakland to a 16-13 victory last week.

The Chargers are trailing first-place Denver in the West, tied with Kansas City for second place. San Diego finishes the regular season with games against the Chiefs and Broncos.

Although the Redskins have lost two straight and three of four, they have been a very good home team, winning four of five games at FedEx Field.

Washington has had six games this season decided by three points or fewer, including Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Raiders. Washington squandered a 10-point lead at halftime and fumbled three times.

“We lost it, we’ve got to deal with it,” Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington said. “This team has got to cross over from being close to winning games to understanding that we can win those games.”

Turnovers continue to be a problem for the Redskins, who have fumbled 21 times and lead the NFL with 15 fumbles lost.

“We talk about it every day. We practice it. We do all kinds of stuff,” tight end Chris Cooley said. “We talk about turnovers, and we turn the ball over. The ball gets hit, it comes out, it’s just something that happens.”

Washington has fallen two games behind Dallas and the New York Giants in the NFC East.

Making matters worse, the Redskins will be short several receivers Sunday. David Patten is out for the season with a knee injury while James Thrash, Mike Sellers and Ladell Betts are all out Sunday.

Washington will rely on receivers Santana Moss, Taylor Jacobs and Jimmy Farris, who was signed Monday.

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  New Orleans
New England 37
27 Final
      Friday, Aug 19  
Atlanta 24
21 Final
Washington 24
17 Final
NY Jets 21
28 Final
      Saturday, Aug 20  
Detroit 21
13 Final
  Green Bay
Buffalo 7
27 Final
Tampa Bay 20
17 Final
Pittsburgh 3
17 Final
Baltimore 20
14 Final
NY Giants 21
27 Final
Indianapolis 24
17 Final
Houston 17
19 Final
Kansas City 24
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  San Francisco
Denver 21
26 Final
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  St. Louis
San Diego 21
36 Final
      Monday, Aug 22  
Seattle 18
10 Final