San Diego Chargers Super Bowl 50 Odds AnalysisOh-oh, yes I’m the great pretenderPretending that I’m doing wellMy need is such I pretend too muchI’m lonely but no one can tell– The PlattersI don’t know how to say it, but the aforementioned lyrics, once sung by the legendary Platters, describe Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers perfectly, if you ask me.You see, I’ve given quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers (9-7 SU, 7-9 ATS, 7-9 O/U) the benefit of the doubt for a handful of seasons now, expecting the Bolts to become legitimate Super Bowl title contenders, mostly because of the multitude of talent-laden rosters they’ve fielded over the last decade or so.No longer will I be fooled into thinking the Bolts could become something more than what they’ve been under Rivers’ leadership. Now, Rivers and San Diego are on my clock to prove they can make the leap from pretender to legitimate Super Bowl title contender in 2015.NFL betting odds for the coming season.
2014 Season in Review
The GoodThe Chargers were obviously pretty good in 2014 if they won nine games and narrowly missed out on earning a postseason berth as an AFC Wild Card contender. Having said that, San Diego’s problem is that they’re not bad – but that they’re not quite legitimate title contenders, falling somewhere in NFL purgatory if you will.Still, the Chargers were solid in their passing attack, even without any receiver having anything near a Pro Bowl season. Rivers ranked eighth in passing yards (4,286) and the Bolts finished 10th overall in passing.San Diego’s defense was also spectacular against the pass, finishing fourth overall, (214.2 ypg) with Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle and Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback Brandon Flowers leading a talented secondary.
The BadThe Chargers had their share of ‘bad’ in 2014, with starting running back Ryan Mathews going down – again – after just six games of what has been a roller-coaster five-year career with the Bolts. Not surprisingly, the Chargers finished 30th in rushing by averaging a disgraceful 85.4 rushing yards per game.San Diego also finished the 2014 regular season ranked 26th against the run (124.1 ypg), so clearly, the Chargers have work to do in beefing up their run defense. While San Diego was wise to acquire former Colts running back Donald Brown in free agency a year ago, Brown struggled tremendously in averaging a pitiful2.6 yards-per-carry in 13 games.
The UglyThe fact that the Chargers all but abandoned their running game after Matthews went down was pretty ugly if you ask me. Teams that lined up against the Bolts, basically had to concentrate on stopping Rivers in the passing game, making the Chargers and one-dimensional team that was destined to flame out against a more-balanced opponent at some point.
Let’s take a look at San Diego’s offensive statistics from this past season.
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Here is a look at San Diego’s team defensive statistics.
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Here are the Chargers’ team statistical leaders.