The Chargers have dynamic, superstar players. They play an exciting offensive style. They have a ferocious pass rush rush. They play in probably the best division in the NFL. They have the inside track on a 1st rd bye.... How good are they, really? Looking at the last 7 games... L 27-30 @ KC: fell behind 21-3, lost on last second FG. W 38-24 vs StL W 32-25 vs Cle: Cle has the #29 offense in the NFL, averaging 16 ppg W 49-41 @ Cin: fell behind 28-7, came back W 35-27 @ Den: fell behind 24-7, came back W 21-14 vs Oak: behind 14-7, late. Benefited from officiating W 24-21 @ Buf: ahead 17-0, let Buffalo back in. In the last 7 games, SD has scored 32.3 ppg, given up 26.0. Over the whole season, giving up 26 ppg on defense would put the Chargers as the #30 scoring defense in the NFL. What they do well: Offense They have the #2 running game in the NFL, with the fewest negative plays. They have a top 5 3rd down percentage They have the fewest turnovers in the NFL: 11 They score the most points They have the ability and character to come back from big deficits Chemistry and confidence Defense They have the most sacks They force alot of fumbles and TOs. They have one of the most intimidating defensive players in the NFL The return of Merriman and Castillo should help the team on defense... but even with Merriman SD gave up 30 points to Damon Huard and KC, and 24 to St Louis. Another trend is the fact the Chargers have not been playing well at home, eking out wins over Cleveland and Oakland in recent weeks. They tend to play close games, rarely winning by more than one score. They also tend to start slowly on defense and offense, relying on late comebacks often. In conclusion, a smart, disciplined Pats team has every chance to beat SD even on the road.