San Diego Chargers are complete opposites this season

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
Jake Roth-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers needed to improve on defense after last season.  San Diego ranked 20th in yards per rushing attempt allowed while they ranked 28th in this category against the pass.

San Diego ranks fifth in fewest yards allowed per rushing attempt and 18th against the pass this season.  San Diego’s offense has been the weak link for them this season following a season in which they were juggernauts.

San Diego ranked sixth, eighth and 10th in the NFL in receiving yards, touchdown receptions and yards per reception last season.  The Lightning Bolts rank 21st, 10th and 30th in these categories this season.

San Diego was tied for seventh with the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders with 16 rushing touchdowns last season.  San Diego ranked 12th in the NFL with an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt.

The Chargers rank 31st in rushing touchdowns while their 3.7 yards per attempt rank 30th this season.

A major problem has been the decline of Ryan Mathews who averaged a career low 3.8 yards per rushing attempt this season.

The loss of Vincent Jackson in free agency to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has also been a major problem with the offense.  Jackson led the team in receiving yards in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Malcom Floyd, Jackson and Antonio Gates were San Diego’s leaders in receiving yards per game last season. Floyd, Jackson and Gates combined for 200 yards per game.

Danario Alexander, Floyd and Gates lead the team this season with a combined 165 yards per game.

San Diego’s offensive line has also been a major problem because only one team has allowed more sacks than them.  These are major issues that need to be resolved during the off-season.









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