Game Preview: San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears, Chargers on Offense

Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears sacks Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

In terms of statistics, this Chargers offense is actually not terrible. They have two issues, and that is with turnovers and scoring TDs when they're in the red zone. Both of these are fixable issues, although for them to be fixed requires some advanced-level coaching. If they can manage to fix them before the Bears game, they stand a good chance of putting lots of points on the board.

The Bears defense might not be as fearsome as I've made them out to be earlier this week, but they might be that fearsome against an offensive line as battered and bruised as the one San Diego is trotting out for this game. The Bears play less Cover 2 than they used to, but they still play it a lot to avoid giving up big passing plays. Their DBs and LBs are also pretty good at creating turnovers. If you can avoid putting the ball into the hands of the defense, though, you can move the ball downfield and score on the Bears D.

Here's to hoping that Norv Turner has adjusted his gameplan in a way that covers up for the mismatches along the line when his offense is on the field.

Rankings (Chargers):

  • 7th in yards per game
  • 18th in yards per play
  • 13th in points per game
  • 30th in turnover margin
  • 4th in 3rd down conversion %
  • 4th in passing yards per game
  • 9th in yards per pass attempt
  • 15th in passing TDs
  • 24th in sacks allowed
  • 18th in rushing yards per game
  • 20th in yards per rush attempt
  • 6th in rushing TDs
Rankings (Bears):
  • 25th in yards per game allowed
  • 23rd in yards per play allowed
  • 14th in points per game allowed
  • 14th in 3rd down conversion % against
  • 29th in passing yards per game allowed
  • 8th in yards allowed per pass attempt
  • 12th in passing TDs allowed
  • 4th in interceptions
  • 24th in sacks
  • 13th in rushing yards per game allowed
  • 29th in yards allowed per carry
  • 11th in rushing TDs allowed
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