The San Diego Chargers are showing improvements on defense

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers Defense
Christopher Hanewinckel-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers continued to show improvements on defense this season in Sunday’s 38-10 victory against the Tennessee Titans.

San Diego allowed 212 total yards of offense, Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker completed 50 percent of his passes with one touchdown and one interception while Chris Johnson had eight rushing attempts for 17 yards.

In two previous games against San Diego, Johnson combined for 36 attempts, 201 yards and two rushing touchdowns.  San Diego needed to and did contain Johnson so he was unable to take pressure away from Tennessee’s second year QB.

In 2011, 10 teams allowed more points per game than San Diego.  The Chargers also allowed about 5.8 yards per play to go along with the 23.6 points per game they gave up.  There were only seven teams who allowed more yards per play than the Lightning Bolts.

San Diego ranked last in the NFL at stopping teams on third downs as they allowed opponents to convert 49 percent of the time.  San Diego has shown improvement through the first two games this season.

San Diego allowed 14 points in their regular season opener which was a win against the Oakland Raiders.  In two games, San Diego allowed about 4.9 yards per play.  There are only eight teams who allowed fewer yards per play so far in 2012.

San Diego’s defense will face their first true test of the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons in San Diego on Sunday at 1:05 PDT. Atlanta ranked seventh in the NFL in points per game during the 2011 season and currently rank second at 33.5 for the 2012 season.

Atlanta QB Matt Ryan leads the NFL with five touchdown passes and no interceptions, so the Chargers will be in for a battle.







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