Chargers could be in store for a shootout vs. the Lions

By Kenny Gardner

The San Diego Chargers have steamrolled their last three opponents by outscoring them 109-38.  Saturday’s game in Detroit could turn into one of those games in which the team who has the ball last will win.  San Diego is allowing 22 points per game, while Detroit is allowing 24 points per game.  On the other side of the ball, Detroit ranks fourth in the NFL with 28 points per game, and San Diego is ranked fifth with 26 points per game.  In these type of games, forcing turnovers could be the key to victory, and Detroit ranks fourth with a +11 takeaway differential while San Diego is ranked 21st with a -4 turnover differential.

Detroit has looked more human as of late.  After starting the season 5-0 they currently reside at 9-5.  The Lions looked like they could be a dominant home team after beating Kansas City 48-3 and Chicago 24-13.  However, they only have a 4-3 home record, and their last two home wins have come against teams with a combined record of 4-17 at the time of the game.  Detroit is a pass happy team as they rank second in the NFL with 571 attempts, and San Diego ranks sixth in pass defense, so putting pressure on Matthew Stafford  will be vital as Detroit is 31st in rush attempts. The Lions rank 27th in stopping the run, so if the Chargers can hit them with a heavy dose of Ryan Mathews and hold onto the ball, San Diego can stay alive in the playoff hunt at 8-7.

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