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Why San Diego’s Offense Will Dominate Against Green Bay

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This could be the weekend we finally get to see the Chargers offense perform the way they did last season. San Diego had the cards stacked against them having to play two of the best defenses in the NFL to start the season. First of all, history shows that offenses in the NFL do not perform well in general in the first few games of the season. History held true this year especially in week on as 18 teams failed to score more than 16 points. Now that the San Diego offense has two regular season games under their belt they should naturally improve this weekend.

The most significant reason why the San Diego offense will fair better this weekend is because they are facing a Packer defense that isn’t nearly as tough as the two previous defenses the Chargers have faced. As you will see below the Bears and Patriots have done much better statistically than Green Bay has. Another thought to consider is that the Packers have faced two average (at best) offenses in the Giants and Eagles.

Packers Defense
304.0 yds per game (14). 98.5 yds rushing (13). 205.5 yds passing (14). 26 total points (7).

Patriots Defense
214.0 yds per game (1). 56.0 yds rushing (1). 158.0 yds passing (5). 28 total points (8).

Bears Defense
272.0 yds per game (5). 73.5 yds rushing (4). 198.5 yds passing (13). 24 total points (4).

The Packers are 13th in the league in rushing yards allowed, averaging 98.5 yards a game. That is kind of a lot of yards when you consider their opponents and the fact that the Packers were leading one of the games at half and forced their opponent to abandon the running game. Their is a big difference between the San Diego rushing attack led by RB LaDainian Tomlinson and that of the Giants and Eagles. The Giants faced the Packers without their starting RB Brandon Jacobs and backup RB Derrick Ward rushed for 90 yds on 15 carries. The Packers gave up 85 yards on 20 carries to Philadelphia’s RB Brian Westbrook. If Westbrook and Ward can gain 90 yards on the Packers than Tomlinson should be able to put up a 100-yard game. That is the key for the Chargers in this game; RB LaDainian Tomlinson has to start producing in order for the Chargers offense to start rolling again.

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One Response to “Why San Diego’s Offense Will Dominate Against Green Bay”

  1. Jesse says:

    Agreed. It seems like everyone is jumping on the GB D bandwagon to quick. If the history theory holds for the Chargers after the first two weeks, LT and Rivers should be scoring major points. I just hope the nearly accepted theory on Norv Turner not being a good head coach but a great OCoordinator is NOT true.

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