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How Can One Team Do So Good Yet Start 2-4?

After reading a rather interesting look at the Chargers’ season to this point on ProFootballTalk, I decided to pass along this thought-provoking article. Give it a read and try to figure it out for yourself as to why the Chargers are only 2-4 despite a pretty outstanding performance on paper to this point.

The Chargers are ranked first in offense (yards), first in defense, and yet they are 2-4.

This, clearly, is insane.  Not posting UFL scores at 5 AM insane, but close. 

In a article for the Wall St. Journal Friday, MDS puts the whole thing in perspective.  It’s even more rare and odder than you’d imagine.  Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, there have been only eight teams that ranked first in offense and defense at the same time during any point of the season, for a total of 18 weeks of action.

The combined record of those eight teams at the time they were ranked first in offense and defense: 62-7.  I’m not sure what this all means exactly, other than San Diego’s special teams coach is lucky to still have a job.


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