Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers
The LA Chargers’ defense gives up more rushing yards than passing yards
The defense for the LA Chargers has been a roller coaster of being very good or very bad all season long. This stat was a little surprising to see because of what I’ve seen on my T.V. every Sunday.
Throughout the whole season, it always seemed like the Chargers’ secondary was giving up a lot of yards. While they still have had a pretty rough season, it was interesting to see that the rush defense had given up more yards.
The Chargers’ defense has given up 3,098 passing yards so far this season. This ranks 7th in the entire NFL, which in many ways seems almost unbelievable watching this Chargers’ secondary play football.
The run defense is very different as the Chargers have given up 1,733 yards, which ranks 22nd in the NFL. Teams also average 4.5 yards per carry against the Chargers which ranks 20th in the league.
The secondary will probably need a lot of work over the offseason even though on paper they don’t look bad. Michael Davis will hopefully be resigned and we hopefully will see one drafted early in this next draft.
The rush defense is not that good because of one key factor. Injuries. With many Chargers’ linebackers and defensive tackles hurt all the time, and even Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram missing a lot of time, this doesn’t help their case. The team will probably need to draft or sign someone to replace Ingram, but I personally think they will be a lot better next season with everyone healthy.