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Chargers vs. Broncos Week 17: By the Numbers

The Chargers and Easton Stick will face the Broncos for their second divisional matchup of the season in hopes of further spoiling their shot at the postseason.

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In their first matchup of the year right around three weeks ago, the Chargers fell flat against the Broncos even before Justin Herbert was knocked out for the season with a hand injury. Backup Easton Stick took over and barely managed to finish the game still standing.

This time, Brandon Staley is no longer the head coach and both Stick and the Chargers defense are coming off a much0improved performance against the Bills this past Saturday night.

The Chargers are still underdogs in this matchup, but I have a feeling the product on the field will be a bit more entertaining than it was the last time these two clubs met.

With that said, let’s go ahead and jump into the numbers!

*Team statistics all via ESPN Stats. Individual stats via Pro Football Reference.

Chargers Offense

Total yards per game: 329.7 (18th)
Points per game: 21.7 (18th)
Passing yards per game: 233.8 (13th)
Rushing yards per game: 95.9 (24th)

Top Performers

Passing: QB Justin Herbert - 3,143 passing yards, 20 touchdowns
Rushing yards: RB Austin Ekeler - 571
Rushing touchdowns: RB Austin Ekeler - Five
Receiving yards: WR Keenan Allen - 1,243
Receptions: WR Keenan Allen - 108
Receiving touchdowns: WR Keenan Allen - Seven

Chargers Defense

Total yards allowed per game: 372.6 (29th)
Points allowed per game: 24.6 (26th)
Passing yards allowed per game: 259.3 (30th)
Rushing yards allowed per game: 113.3 (17th)

Top Performers

Tackles: S Kenneth Murray - 107
Tackles for loss: EDGE Khalil Mack - 16
Sacks: EDGE Khalil Mack - 15
Passes Defended: CB Asante Samuel Jr. - 12
Interceptions: CB Asante Samuel Jr. - Two
Forced fumbles: EDGE Khalil Mack - Five
Fumble recoveries: Four tied w/ two

Broncos Offense

Total yards per game: 298.2 (25th)
Points per game: 21.8 (16th)
Passing yards per game: 187.5 (25th)
Rushing yards per game: 110.7 (14th)

Top Performers

Passing: QB Russell Wilson - 3,070 passing yards, 26 touchdowns
Rushing yards: RB Javonte Williams - 701
Rushing touchdowns: QB Russell Wilson - Three
Receiving yards: WR Courtland Sutton - 770
Receptions: WR Courtland Sutton - 58
Receiving Touchdowns: WR Courtland Sutton - 10

Broncos Defense

Total yards per game: 376.2 (30th)
Points per game: 25.1 (29th)
Passing yards per game: 235.1 (24th)
Rushing yards per game: 141.1 (31st)

Top Performers

Tackles: LB Alex Singleton - 153
Tackles for loss: EDGE Nik Bonitto - 11
Sacks: EDGE Jonathan Cooper - 7.5
Passes Defended: CB Patrick Surtain II - 10
Interceptions: S Justin Simmons - Three
Forced fumbles: Six tied w/ two
Fumble recoveries: Five tied w/ two