The San Diego Chargers: A Statistical Mystery

Herein lies a mystery:

With one week to go in the regular season, the San Diego Chargers will play their final game against my Denver Broncos. The Chargers have the second-ranked offense in total yards per game (392.1) and the first-ranked defense in total yards allowed per game (267.2). They also rank 4th in scoring (27.2 points per game) and 8th in points allowed (19.6). Despite all of their success in these four major statistical categories, they lack in the most important category–victories. The Chargers’ current record is 8-7 and they were eliminated from playoff contention last week when they lost to Cincinnati.

If someone would have told me that a team will have the league’s best defense in yards allowed and the second-best offense in yards gained, while still maintaining an average per game point differential of +8, I would have laughed at the sheer absurdity of such a scenario. But the Chargers never fail to disappoint.

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