Are the San Diego Chargers on their way to reclaiming the AFC West?

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
Denny Medley-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers improved to a 3-1 record after yesterday’s 37-20 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

San Diego keeps getting better on defense because they forced six turnovers yesterday and they are tied for fifth with the Chicago Bears in forced turnovers with nine.

San Diego was tied with the Minnesota Vikings for 23rd in the NFL last year with 21 forced turnovers.

San Diego gave up about 24 points per game last season which ranked 22nd while they gave up 5.8 yards per play which ranked 25th in the NFL.

The Chargers are surrendering about 18 points per game this year which ranks sixth and 5.2 yards per play which ranks 12th in the league.

San Diego had a 20-4 record against their AFC West opponents from 2006-2009 while the Lightning Bolts were a combined 6-6 in 2010 and 2011.  San Diego is 2-0 against the AFC West so far this season with both victories coming on the road.

Shaun Phillips has been a key to the success on defense because he returned to form after an injury in 2011 caused him to miss four games.

Phillips had 3.5 sacks last season in 12 games after he had 11 in 16 games during the 2010 season.  Phillips has 3.5 sacks so far which is tied for 12th in the NFL and he is on pace for 14 sacks this season.

Antoine Cason and Eric Weddle are tied for sixth in the NFL with two interceptions and are leading a much improved pass defense.

San Diego ranked 28th in the NFL last season when they allowed 7.9 yards per pass attempt, but they are allowing 6.3 yards per pass attempt this season which is tied with Chicago for sixth in the league.

San Diego has a much improved defense which needed to happen for them to succeed this season.






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