The San Diego Chargers have four games in 2012 against teams that had a quarterback who finished in the top 10 for passing yards in 2011. San Diego has a week three home game against the Atlanta Falcons and Matt Ryan who was tied for sixth in touchdown passes and was eighth in passing yards last season. The Chargers have a week five road contest against the NFL‘s 2011 leader in passing yards and touchdowns when they face the New Orleans Saints and former San Diego QB Drew Brees.
San Diego has a week six home game against their division rival Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning has not played since the 2010 season, but finished second in passing yards and was tied with Brees for second in TD passes that year. San Diego will face Manning and the Broncos in Denver for a week 11 AFC West battle. The Lightning Bolts will travel to Pittsburgh to face Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 14. Big Ben finished ninth in passing yards last season and was tied for 11th in TD passes. San Diego has a week 15 home game against the dual threat Cam Newton who finished 10th in passing yards, tied for 11th with Roethlisberger in TD passes and was second in the NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns.
San Diego was tied for 23rd in the NFL with 32 sacks in 2011. San Diego added first round pick Melvin Ingram to help improve on this, and Shaun Phillips could return to form since he recorded at least seven sacks per season from 2005-2010. Antwan Barnes was half a sack shy of being in the top 10 for this category in 2011. San Diego’s pass rush will be of the utmost importance in these six games.