Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Kavell Conner (53), San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers (26) and San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) defend a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) in the third quarter of the game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Chargers shut out the New York Jets on Sunday by the score of 31-0. Interestingly enough, the last time the Chargers shut out an opponent, it was December 12th, 2010. They shut out the Chiefs at home, also by the score of 31-0. That day, the Chargers’ best rusher was Mike Tolbert and the leading receiver of the game was Darren Sproles and Malcom Floyd.
It’s not every day the Chargers pitch a shutout. If the 2014 Bolts defense can mirror that 2010 defense, the Chargers will go far. That year, the Chargers led the NFL in total defense and passing defense. With the offense playing like it is, the Chargers look to make a run with this much improved defense. This season, the Chargers are in the top 3 in both of those categories. 2010 was a weird year as the Chargers led the NFL in offense and defense but missed the playoffs. Something tells me that won’t be the case this year. If the defense can keep this up, it will be the Broncos, not the Chargers, looking up in the standings come December.