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Chargers-Dolphins Success & Stop Rates

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Looking only at Success & Stop Rates this week, you'd think the Chargers got themselves annihilated and that's not too far from the truth.  The Chargers offense could not run the ball at all and had more unsuccessful pass attempts than successful ones.  They couldn't move the ball effectively on first or second down and their best quarter statistically was when they broke even over eight plays in the third.  The defense was able to stand up against Miami's passing attack, but they were run over play after play on the ground.  What then made the difference in San Diego's victory?

It all came down to big plays.  Offensively, the Chargers converted third downs regularly and made several huge plays downfield.  Defensively, the Chargers really only showed up on third downs and they didn't allow a play of 15 or more yards until Ronnie Brown pulled in a 27 yard pass down by 17 points with about three and a half minutes left in the game.  And you can't talk big plays without mentioning Eric Weddle's pick 6 that sealed the victory.

Individually, Jackson, Gates, Floyd and Naanee had good days for the offense while Chambers, Bennett and Sproles were non-factors at best.  It may have been partially the line's fault, but neither Bennett nor Sproles was able to do anything on the ground.  Four successful plays between them over 25 attempts is just incredibly poor production.

On the defensive side of the ball the Kevin Burnett we saw in the pre-season finally showed up.  He led the team in Stops with five and was generally around the ball all day.  Nwagbuo was next on the team with three and both Cooper and Castillo registered two stops.  It's really nice to see Nwagbuo and Castillo continue to play well in Jamal's absence.  Ogemdi is now second on the club in Stops for the season behind Cooper and is one of only four Chargers with at least one stop in each game (Castillo, English & Cooper are the other three).

Offensive Success Rates:

Overall 34.9% 22/63
Pass 44.4% 16/36
Run 22.2% 6/27
1st Down 34.6% 9/26
2nd Down 23.8% 5/21
3rd Down 53.3% 8/15
4th Down 0.0% 0/1
1stPass 55.6% 5/9
1stRun 23.5% 4/17
2ndPass 28.6% 4/14
2ndRun 14.3% 1/7
3rdPass 53.8% 7/13
3rdRun 50.0% 1/2
4thRun 0.0% 0/1
1st Quarter 30.0% 3/10
2nd Quarter 34.8% 8/23
3rd Quarter 50.0% 4/8
4th Quarter 31.8% 7/22
1stPass 42.9% 3/7
1stRun 0.0% 0/3
2ndPass 43.8% 7/16
2ndRun 14.3% 1/7
3rdPass 40.0% 2/5
3rdRun 66.7% 2/3
4thPass 50.0% 4/8
4thRun 21.4% 3/14
Bennett (Rec) 0.0% 0/1
Chambers (Rec) 0.0% 0/3
Floyd (Rec) 50.0% 2/4
Gates (Rec) 57.1% 4/7
Jackson (Rec) 66.7% 6/9
Naanee (Rec) 75.0% 3/4
Sproles (Rec) 20.0% 1/5
Tolbert (Rec) 0.0% 0/1
Bennett (Run) 14.3% 1/7
Rivers (Run) 100.0% 1/1
Sproles (Run) 16.7% 3/18
Tolbert (Run) 100.0% 1/1

Defensive Stop Rates:

Overall 44.4% 28/63
Pass 58.8% 20/34
Run 27.6% 8/29
1st Down 44.4% 12/27
2nd Down 39.1% 9/23
3rd Down 58.3% 7/12
4th Down 0.0% 0/1
1stPass 66.7% 10/15
1stRun 16.7% 2/12
2ndPass 50.0% 4/8
2ndRun 33.3% 5/15
3rdPass 60.0% 6/10
3rdRun 50.0% 1/2
4thPass 0.0% 0/1
1st Quarter 35.3% 6/17
2nd Quarter 62.5% 5/8
3rd Quarter 42.1% 8/19
4th Quarter 47.4% 9/19
1stPass 42.9% 3/7
1stRun 30.0% 3/10
2ndPass 66.7% 2/3
2ndRun 60.0% 3/5
3rdPass 75.0% 6/8
3rdRun 18.2% 2/11
4thPass 56.3% 9/16
4thRun 0.0% 0/3
Bess (Rec) 44.4% 4/9
Brown (Rec) 0.0% 0/3
Camarillo (Rec) 0.0% 0/2
Fasano (Rec) 100.0% 1/1
Ginn (Rec) 100.0% 6/6
Polite (Rec) 100.0% 3/3
Williams (Rec) 40.0% 2/5
Bess (Run) 0.0% 0/1
Brown (Run) 33.3% 6/18
Cobbs (Run) 0.0% 0/1
Williams (Run) 12.5% 1/8