San Diego averaged 25.4 points per game last season which was tied with the Carolina Panthers for sixth in the league.
San Diego averages 5.1 yards per play on offense which ranks 23rd in the NFL after averaging six yards per play last season which ranked sixth.
San Diego’s points per game average compared to their yards per play on offense shows how much the defense is helping with field position.
Philip Rivers averaged 289 yards per game during the 2011 season. This ranked sixth among quarterbacks and Rivers averaged 7.9 yards per pass attempt placing him in a tie for eighth with Ben Roethlisberger.
Rivers is at 224 yards per game this season which ranks 23rd and his 7.1 yards per attempt are tied for 17th with his predecessor Drew Brees.
The Chargers average 3.6 yards per rushing attempt as a team this year which ranks 24th while they ranked 12th last year at 4.3 yards per attempt.
New Orleans is ranked 29th in points per game allowed at 32.5 while they allow 4.9 yards per rushing attempt which ranks 28th and they give up 8.7 yards per pass attempt which ranks 29th.
I expect San Diego to have a huge game tonight in terms of points scored and yards gained per play. Rivers will pick apart New Orleans’ secondary while Ryan Mathews and or Jackie Battle will have a huge game in the rushing attack.
Battle ranks fourth in rushing touchdowns with three while his 5.1 yards per attempt rank seventh.
Mathews is at 4.4 yards per attempt, but he missed most of the preseason and two regular season games with an injury, so he could return to form tonight. Mathews ranked 10th among all players in rushing yards last season and averaged 4.9 yards per attempt.