Team Report - San Diego Chargers
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|Kansas City vs San Diego Wrap - San Diego Wins 27-24|
|No Injuries to Report|
|No Trends to Report|
|No Transactions to Report|
|LAST 5 GAMES|
|Game Date||Result||Line||Total||ATS Result||OU Result|
|Jan 12, 2014||Lost 24-17 @ Denver||7.5||54.5||W||U|
|Jan 5, 2014||Won 27-10 @ Cincinn@i||6.5||47.5||W||U|
|Dec 29, 2013||Won 27-24 vs Kansas City||-15||45||L||O|
|Dec 22, 2013||Won 26-13 vs Oakland||-9.5||50||W||U|
|Dec 12, 2013||Won 27-20 @ Denver||10||56.5||W||U|
|Offensive Total Yards||381.67||8|
|Offensive Rush Yards||123.67||13|
|Offensive Passing Yards||258.00||8|
|Average Score For||24.44||14|
|Defensive Total Yards||370.33||23|
|Defensive Rush Yards||109.50||14|
|Defensive Passing Yards||260.83||29|
|Average Score Against||21.22||10|
After getting off to a promising 3-1 SU and ATS start last year, San Diego went just 4-8 SU and ATS over its last 12 games to finish 7-9 SU and ATS for its first losing season in 10 years. New head coach Mike McCoy was hired in large part due to his past successes with getting the most out of his quarterbacks. The success of McCoy’s first year as head coach will be determined by whether or not he can get Philip Rivers back on track after two off seasons. The Chargers should be competitive in 2013, but Rivers holds the key to just how competitive they are.
San Diego Chargers 2012-2013 Season Odds
The Chargers severely disappointed again last season, missing the postseason for the second straight year. That doesn't cut it for a team that was favored to win the division. As usual the Charger beat themselves with a horrendous slump in the middle of the season. The Chargers started the season 4-1 and won four of their last five games, but in between lost six in a row.
Odds to win AFC West: +200
Despite what was considered a down year from quarterback Philip Rivers the Charger still had the No. 6 (393.1 yards per game) offense in the NFL last season. Rivers passed for 4624 yards last year with 27 touchdowns, but his interception total increased to 20 from 13, while his QB rating dropped from 101.8 in 2010 to 88.7 in 2011.
Things don't get any easier for Rivers this year either as his top deep target, Vincent Jackson, departed for Tampa Bay. Malcolm Floyd is still around and the Chargers signed Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal to fill out the receivers. Oh, and don't forget about tight end Antonio Gates.
On the ground the Chargers are expecting a big season from Ryan Mathews after he topped the 1000 yard rushing mark for the first time last season. However, Mathews may not be ready to start the season after injuring his shoulder on his first carry in the preseason. If Mathew isn't ready to go in Week 1 a committee of veteran running backs, including Ronnie Brown, Jackie Battle and Le'Ron McClain are expected to carry the load.
The Chargers defense took a step back last season after being the top unit in the league in 2010. Last season they ranked 16th (346.6 yards per game) after a number of uneven performances. To try and reload and bolster the defense the Chargers raided the draft, taking LB Melvin Ingram in the first round and DE Kendall Reyes in the second round. Both could make an immediate impact.
Odds to win AFC West at Bovada as of August 20
2012 San Diego Chargers Schedule (all time Eastern)
01 Sep 10 SD @ OAK (O. co Stadium 10:15pm ESPN)
San Diego Chargers 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview
If nothing else, the 2010 San Diego Chargers reminded us all just how important special teams can be. The Chargers were denied their fifth straight AFC West title as they finished the season 9-7 behind 10-6 Kansas City.
Remarkably, the Chargers ranked first in the league in both total offense (395.6 yards per game) and total defense (271.6 yards per game), yet still managed to miss the playoffs. This was due to abysmal special teams. If the Chargers manage to get this unit in order, they should be a serious Super Bowl contender.
Odds to Win AFC West: -250
San Diego’s explosive offense revolves around one of the best passing games in the NFL. Philip Rivers put up huge numbers last season with 4,710 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes, made even more impressive by the fact that he didn’t have his best wide receiver, Vincent Jackson, for most of last year.
This year, he’ll have Jackson from the start of the season, along with elite tight end Antonio Gates and last season’s leading receiver, Malcolm Floyd.
Darren Sproles is a tough loss in the backfield, but the Chargers return last season’s two leading rushers, Mike Tolbert (735 yards) and Ryan Mathews (678 yards). San Diego is hoping for a breakout season from Mathews, who projected out of college as a feature back.
On defense, last season’s elite unit finished first overall against the pass (177.8 yards per game) and fourth against the rush (93.8 yards per game). Last year’s outstanding results didn’t stop the Chargers from going out and improving; veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes was a great acquisition, and safety Bob Sanders could prove to be a great gamble if he can stay healthy.
San Diego is clearly the team to beat in the AFC West, and should have no trouble taking the division if they don’t beat themselves. The Chargers are notorious slow starters, and it finally caught up to them last year after a 2-4 start. Despite question marks in the running game, San Diego is an elite team that could make a deep playoff run barring any internal collapses.
Week 1: vs. Minnesota
AFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 31:
2011 San Diego Chargers Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 11 MIN @ SD (Qualcomm Stadium 4:15pm FOX)