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Chargers Have the Least Amount of 3-and-Outs This Season… And It Is Not Even Close


The San Diego Chargers have been good at establishing drives this season and moving the football down the field. They have been great at marching the ball down the field and putting some points on the board or at the very least, flipping the field position.

One stat that stands out for the Chargers this season is the amount of 3-and-outs that the offense has had this season. They lead the league in the least amount of 3-and-out drives this season and it is not even close according to Sporting Charts. The Chargers have been held to 3-and-out on 20 drives this season and the next closest is the Denver Broncos with 30 drives that have been ended by going 3-and-out.

This has been a huge reason on why the Chargers can hold onto the football for most of the clock and keep opposing offenses on the sideline. This is huge for the defense as well. The defense can stay on the sideline and get a little more of a breather while the offense milks the clock.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Only problem is FG’s instead of TD’s at the end of many red zone trips

    • arnie

      Baby steps…. protect the QB, check. Run the football, check. find playmakers, check. Putting it all together for big plays in the endzone, in progress.

    • joerockt

      In 2006 we were kings of the red zone. It was almost automatic that if we were inside the 20, we score a TD. And besides LT and Gates, we didnt have a dazzling receiving corps (mainly Parker and McCardell). So play calling is key as well as execution. Marty instilled those things. I see the same things in McCoy, he just need to keep gaining that game time experience.

      • Daryl Peek

        I still remember how Marty coined it the Gold Zone. I miss that SM attitude! LT all day!!