For the first half, Chargers are slightly above average based on team record and their stats. To date their opponent's combined record is 20-32.
As of today, the Chargers are in the lead for the final wild card slot. However, they face much stiffer competition of the second half (combined record of 31-22), with generally better passing attacks/quarterbacks (Manning/Smith/Dalton) and significantly better defenses. Five of those remaining nine games are against very strong teams (combined 21-3 to date). In order to play with the big boys, the Chargers need to sustain or improve the following areas:
They have to find a way for Rivers to communicate/implement the No Huddle/No Hurry/w/40% running plays in extremely noisy stadiums (KC/Denver/DC).
They must be able to sustain TOP and running game to keep Manning/Smith/Dalton on the bench and to keep defense fresh.
Defense needs to step up in 2nd and 4th Quarters.
Pass defense must improve (pass rush + pass defense + tackling at point of catch), especially on 3rd (and 4th) down.
Must improve Red Zone Touchdowns on offense and Red Zone Touchdown Defense.
Must learn to generate positive turnovers.
STATMILK.com stats (http://www.statmilk.com/NFL/Team/SD)
Time of Possession: less than 30.55 - all losses; greater than 34.03 - all wins
Average: 27.3 Plays/TD; 5.7 Yds/Play; 3.8 Yds/Rush; 8.2 Yds/Pass; 70.1 Plays/Game
Offense: 402.3 Yds/Game(4th); 108.1 Yds/Game Rush (15th); 294.1 Yds/Game Pass(6th); 24 Pts/Game(14th)
Defense: 378.3 Yds/Game (23rd); 103.9 Yds/Game Rush(15th); 274.4 Yds/Game Pass (28th); 20.6 Pts/Game(9th)
Red Zone Scoring Conversion Rate: 50% (13 of 26)
Red Zone Defense Conversion Rate: 47% (8 of 17)
Total Points: Record is 1-2 if below 20 Pts; 3-1 if greater than 21
Point Breakdown by Quarter:
- 1st: Chargers 31; Opponent 27; Differential +4
- 2nd: Chargers 50; Opponent 47; Differential +3
- 3rd: Chargers 37; Opponent 27; Differential +10
- 4th: Chargers 50; Opponent 43; Differential +7
Turnover Differential: -4