The Chargers have been terrible in their first six games and they’re still getting better.
The defense, meanwhile, has been so bad that even if they were to play their best football of the year, it would still be better to let them sit this week, especially with their upcoming game against the Rams at home.
That doesn’t mean they can’t be productive, however, and they should continue to get better as the season goes on.
Here are some of the key things to watch for Sunday.
Quarterback play San Diego’s offense is in a funk, as the Chargers have scored just two points in the first two quarters of games this season.
And while they haven’t been terrible overall, the team’s play has been ugly, too.
San Diego has been held under 90 yards rushing in each of its first two games.
In addition, the Chargers defense has allowed the second-most points in football (37), and has given up a league-high five touchdown passes.
If that continues, it could spell trouble for the Chargers.
They need to be able to move the ball and take advantage of mistakes and mistakes.
Defense starts to take shape With the team scoring only one touchdown through the first three quarters, the defense will need to step up, especially if it can’t run the ball.
The Chargers are averaging just 3.6 yards per carry, which ranks in the bottom half of the league.
And although the defense has struggled to stop the run, it has been able to stop just one run and has been very efficient.
They’re also allowing just two sacks through the air, which is good for the fourth-most in the NFL.
This is a good start, but the Chargers need to keep it up.
Running game still solid The Chargers’ rushing offense is still very effective, averaging over 100 yards per game, but they’re not going to be as explosive as they were against the Colts.
San Diegans running game has been the problem this season, as they have just two rushing touchdowns and have allowed only 16 rushing yards per contest.
The good news is that the Chargers are in a great spot, as their running game is one of the best in the league, averaging nearly 3.5 yards per run.
However, that hasn’t always been the case, as running backs have averaged just 2.8 yards per attempt in games against the Chargers in recent years.
That’s a lot of yards to be gained for a team that’s been losing yards to the run more than any other team in the AFC West.
That is an issue that needs to be fixed.
Chargers need offense to get back to being good Running the ball effectively against the Raiders was another step toward that.
This week, the offense will have to show why it’s been such a disaster against the pass.
The Chiefs’ defense has given San Diego plenty of opportunities to score points, but San Diego is averaging just 7.7 yards per play on the ground.
The best way for the team to score is with the ball in the air.
The running game needs to get some breathing room.
This will be a difficult game for the defense, but if the Chargers can stay in front and force turnovers and keep the Chargers from getting into their third-and-long situations, they could have a chance to win this one.
The key to the Chargers winning this game will be how much they can be trusted to score.