The San Diego Chargers should be thankful for their run defense

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
Jake Roth-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers do not have a lot to be thankful for today on Thanksgiving.

San Diego has a 4-6 record this season, which includes an embarrassing 27-3 loss at home to the Atlanta Falconsand a 35-24 loss to the Denver Broncos at home after leading 24-0 at halftime.

San Diego also had a humiliating 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns when they had a 1-6 record.

Denver leads the AFC West with a 7-3 record and beat San Diego twice, so the Lightning Bolts need to have a better record than them to win the division.

One of the few bright spots for San Diego this season has been their run defense.

After giving up 4.4 yards per rushing attempt last season which ranked 20th in the NFL, San Diego is giving up 3.8 yards per attempt this season, which ranks sixth in the league in terms of fewest yards per attempt allowed.

San Diego allowed 15 rushing attempts to go for at least 20 yards last season, while they are on pace to give this up eight times in 2012.

San Diego surrendered 122.2 rushing yards per game last season, which ranked 20th in the NFL, and are giving up 87.9 yards per game this season which ranks third in fewest yards per game allowed.

Two time All-Pro free safety Eric Weddle leads the team in tackles while Donald Butler is second on San Diego’s roster in this category.

This has been a disappointing season so far for San Diego as a team, but the run defense has improved since last season – something that needed to happen for San Diego to play better as a defense.










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