Odds the Chargers Continue to Put up Big Numbers Offensively

The San Diego Chargers, under Norv Turner, are well known as a slow-starting yet extremely explosive team. Sitting at 3-5, behind both the Raiders and Chiefs in the AFC West, things are looking rather bleak for the Chargers.

Or are they?

Despite what you may think of San Diego to look at their record, they have both the league’s top offense, averaging over 426 yards per game, and the top defense, giving up only 260 yards to opponents. And while they have been losing to teams like Oakland, Kansas City and St. Louis, they’ve been putting up huge numbers despite their “star” players dealing with injuries.

Not only speaking in terms of the NFL, but about life in general, things will eventually average out if you continue to do well. So the fear of the Chargers finishing up 8-8 or worse isn’t so legitimate that San Diego need push the panic button. Big offense and stingy defense will eventually pay off, especially when the Kansas City Chiefs are your biggest hurdle.

But that begs a question: with the amount of injuries the Chargers are suffering from, what are the odds they can continue to score big?

Practically speaking, looking at their injury report, you’d have better luck to play blackjack online and hit 21 three times in a row than to expect San Diego to put up big-time numbers with their problems. But that’s only practicality – the NFL is rarely pragmatic.

Vincent Jackson’s still absent for the time being, Buster Davis’ season is officially over, and the Chargers will most likely hit the field in Houston on Sunday minus Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee as well. Three of their four top-performing WRs are probably out for the game, leaving the Chargers in a seemingly tight spot.

Philip Rivers, though, has been playing out of his mind. Let’s face it: with mediocre star power to throw to, Rivers is averaging nearly 250 passing yards per game and already has 5 multi-touchdown games to his credit. Peyton and Tom’s names come out for MVP, like they do every year, but it’s Rivers’ command of the offense that’s helping to keep San Diego from drifting into the ocean altogether.

If you were to play craps online, you would undoubtedly go with the safer bet and proclaim the Chargers’ offense DOA after their wide receiver woes. But you cannot overlook Antonio Gates, a TE/WR hybrid who is always reliable, and you certainly can’t forget about Darren Sproles. Along with Patrick Crayton and Seyi Ajirotutu, San Diego still has plenty of big-play potential.

The Chargers head to Houston on Sunday to play a Texans team ranked last in the league at defense. Right after that, they’ll catch a game with the Broncos, ranked 24th in defense. And after Indy the following week, they get back-to-back revenge-seeking opportunities on Oakland and KC.

San Diego’s last three games, against the 49ers, Bengals and Broncos, could see the Chargers not only end up as division winners but also as the top offensive team in the NFL, even without a big-name group of wideouts.

A betting man, the type who browses through the top 10 online casinos, would take the 4:1 odds that the Chargers remain tops in the league at offense for the foreseeable future.


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