By the numbers: Chargers making late noise

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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The San Diego Chargers are 6-7 and have looked good the past two weeks since snapping a six-game losing streak. The Chargers beat the Jaguars and the Bills by a combined score of 75-24 in the past two games. But they have a faint chance of going to the playoffs. They could be eliminated from the playoff race Sunday if they lose to visiting Baltimore and other things occur.

Still, there are some statistical improvements being made in San Diego. Thanks to the folks at ESPN Stats & Information, here are some statistical tidbits about the Chargers:
  • After struggling through the first 10 games of the season, quarterback Philip Rivers has been excellent. In the past two weeks, Rivers leads the NFL in completion percentage (75.4), touchdown passes (six) and interceptions (none). He hasn’t thrown an interception in the past three games after throwing 17 interceptions in the first 10 games.
  • Running back Ryan Mathews has rushed for, at least, 100 yards in the past three games. It’s the longest streak by a San Diego running back since LaDainian Tomlinson ran for a 100-plus yards in four straight games in 2007. Mathews is 57 yards from reaching the 1,000-yard milestone this season.
  • It is not a shock the Chargers have looked good in the past two games, Since Norv Turner took over in 2007, San Diego is 19-2 in December and January, tying New England for the best record in the league.
UDPATE: The Chargers have sold enough tickets to Sunday’s home game against Baltimore for it to be shown on local television.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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