The San Diego Chargers have a 4-4 record through the first half of the 2012 NFL season. This is the fifth time in the last six seasons that San Diego does not have a winning record through their first eight games.
The only time that San Diego had a winning record through their first eight games since 2006 happened in 2009 when they were 5-3.
While 4-4 is an average record, I give San Diego a D for their mid-season grade.
San Diego deserves this grade because while every team that played the Atlanta Falcons lost to them, San Diego was the only team to get blown out by them.
San Diego also lost to the New Orleans Saints, the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. New Orleans, Denver and Cleveland had a combined 3-13 record at the time of their games against the Lightning Bolts.
If San Diego had more losses against teams with winning records at the time that they played them, they would get a C for their mid-season grade.
In the second half of the season, Philip Rivers has to be less turnover prone because his 10 interceptions rank fifth in the NFL.
San Diego’s offensive line has to play better as well which could help Rivers by giving him more time to throw so he will be less likely to make hurried pass attempts.
There are 10 teams with more sacks allowed than San Diego’s offensive line.
San Diego has to improve as a team in their receiving game because they rank 19th in receptions, 22nd in receiving yards per game and 27th in yards per reception.
San Diego has to run the ball better because they rank 18th in yards per rushing attempt.
San Diego also has to get more pressure on quarterbacks because their 13 team sacks ranks 26th in the NFL.
If San Diego can improve on some of their weaknesses, they should be able to make a push for the AFC West crown because Denver leads the division with a 5-3 record.