Chargers All-Time Lists

LA Chargers: The 5 greatest defenses in franchise history

San Diego Chargers Junior Seau in action against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Houston Texans 24 to 3. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers Junior Seau in action against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Houston Texans 24 to 3. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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Greatest defenses in LA Chargers’ history: 4. 1977

The 1977 Chargers allowed the second-fewest total yards of any defense on this list. However, the 1977 Chargers also only played 14 games and the first-ranked team, the 1982 Chargers (who are not on this list) only played in nine games because of a player strike.

This defense still ranked pretty well in comparison to its peers that season. The 1977 Chargers ranked sixth in total yards allowed, sixth in total points allowed and 19th in total turnovers. Again, it was just lacking that extra dynamic that the 2010 Chargers lacked that could have moved it higher on this list.

The best part of this defense was the ability to stop the passing games. Teams did not throw against the Chargers as often, and for good reason as the team had a solid defensive line and secondary.

The Chargers ranked third in the league in total yards per passing attempt and sixth in total passing yards allowed.

This team was still not that great as it boasted a mediocre offense that was right before the Dan Fouts, Air Coryell era. However, this team is notable as it finished with a 7-7 record, which gave the Chargers their first non-losing record since the AFL and NFL merged.

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