|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.1||2-1||3-0||27.0||14.7||419.3||(7)||0.0||23.0||10.7||342.7||(5.9)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||20.4||10.5||19.6||28:52||27-119||(4.3)||18-30||58.4%||235||(7.7)||58-354||(6.1)||(17.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.5||11.6||19.7||30:47||26-113||(4.3)||21-35||61.8%||245||(7.1)||61-358||(5.9)||(15.9)|
|Offense Road Games||22.0||11.5||19.8||28:39||28-122||(4.4)||17-29||59.4%||250||(8.6)||57-372||(6.5)||(16.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.0||10.8||21.5||31:28||28-122||(4.4)||24-35||67.5%||227||(6.5)||63-349||(5.6)||(14.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.6||11.6||20.5||31:34||27-117||(4.3)||22-35||62.5%||246||(7.1)||62-364||(5.9)||(14.8)|
|Defense Road Games||21.8||12.0||20.8||31:21||29-140||(4.8)||20-29||67.4%||176||(6)||58-316||(5.4)||(14.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.6||1.4||0.1||12-5||40.9%||1-0||25.0%||3-59||(21.8)||2-12||(7)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||0.6||1.7||2||13-5||39.3%||1-0||48.2%||3-62||(23.5)||20-2||(9.6)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.7||0.2||0.8||0.3||12-5||45.2%||0-0||100.0%||2-48||(24.2)||1-12||(7.9)||6-59|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.8||1.5|| ||13-5||37.3%||1-1||53.3%||2-44||(17.8)||2-23||(9.7)||5-40|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||39.7%||1-0||57.0%||3-58||(23.1)||19-2||(8.9)||6-49|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.3||0.8||1.2|| ||12-4||31.9%||1-1||66.7%||3-54||(16.9)||2-12||(7)||5-37|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||+0.2||1-2||1-2||20.0||12.0||290.3||(4.4)||0.7||20.0||4.3||374.0||(5.2)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||22.5||13.2||19.4||32:26||26-95||(3.7)||23-36||63.9%||225||(6.3)||62-320||(5.2)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.9||12.1||20||31:33||27-116||(4.2)||21-35||61.9%||237||(6.9)||62-354||(5.7)||(14.8)|
|Offense Home Games||20.3||12.3||19.8||31:50||24-102||(4.3)||23-36||63.7%||218||(6.1)||60-320||(5.4)||(15.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.6||8.2||19.4||28:38||24-93||(3.8)||23-37||62.1%||243||(6.5)||61-336||(5.5)||(15.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.1||10.8||19.9||30:53||26-110||(4.2)||22-36||61.8%||246||(6.8)||62-356||(5.7)||(15.4)|
|Defense Home Games||20.2||6.0||19.8||30:28||26-97||(3.8)||24-36||65.3%||242||(6.6)||62-339||(5.4)||(16.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.7||1.8||0.0||14-6||40.5%||1-0||44.4%||2-56||(22.6)||2-13||(6.7)||6-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.8||13-5||37.9%||1-0||53.8%||2-56||(24)||21-2||(9.7)||6-52|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.5||1.0||2.5||-0.5||13-5||40.5%||1-0||50.0%||2-57||(26.4)||2-6||(3.9)||6-45|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.9||0.9||1.8|| ||13-6||42.0%||1-0||37.5%||3-60||(21.7)||2-22||(9)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||38.8%||1-0||51.4%||3-66||(24.1)||24-2||(9.9)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0|| ||13-6||46.2%||0-0||50.0%||3-72||(21.5)||3-33||(10.4)||6-51|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 21.5, SAN DIEGO 18.9|
|12/2/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||21-27||L||-5.5||L||41.5||O||22-165||15-27-220||0||43-158||19-23-197||0|
|12/16/2012||@ SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/11/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||24-34||L||3||L||46.5||O||26-103||29-37-323||2||22-74||14-20-205||0|
|12/16/2012||CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|CAROLINA: While the Panthers are extremely run-heavy, that shouldn't be confused with being conservative. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski implemented a unique running game that is traditional about two-thirds of the time, with the rest of the playbook being option plays for Cam Newton. Their running back rotation is tough to figure out, as last year DeAngelo Williams started, Jonathan Stewart played more reps, but Williams had more carries. The Panthers insist that Mike Tolbert will primarily be a fullback, though he'll surely play in some single-back sets. The Panthers are content to let Newton create in the red zone, as he was by far their most often-used weapon deep in opponent territory (10 more red-zone carries than Carolina's running backs combined). Chudzinski's offense is rooted in the big play, which is why it suits Newton so well. Besides giving him some space to improvise, Newton's first read is almost always Steve Smith downfield, and he'll force throws to him. While Brandon LaFell became more involved in the offense, especially after overtaking Legedu Naanee late in the year, Newton rarely got past his second read, which was to come down to Greg Olsen in the middle of the field or whichever back is in the game. Expect LaFell to be more involved as Newton grows more comfortable running the offense in his second NFL season. Carolina ranked 27th in scoring defense and 28th in total defense in 2011, and still needs a ton of work. But selecting LB tackling machine Luke Kuechly ninth overall was a nice upgrade'with Kuechly and Jon Beason at linebacker, Charles Johnson will be freed up to do what he does best, which is rush the quarterback. Expect at least a dozen sacks and an uptick in tackles this coming season. Also expect more from Greg Hardy, who saw a rise in his tackle numbers from 2010 to '11, and his sack total should jump with Carolina expected to abandon the hybrid 3-4 the team employed at times last year. Beason will likely play the weak side, as he did in 2010. Charles Godfrey, who has excellent range for a strong safety, should once again anchor the secondary. |
|SAN DIEGO: Offensive line coach Hal Hunter picks up the offensive coordinator title after Clarence Shelmon's retirement, but this remains head coach Norv Turner's offense. They want to establish the power running game between the tackles, though Ryan Mathews gives them the versatility to mix in some zone blocking as well. With Mike Tolbert gone, newly acquired veteran Ronnie Brown will pick up some carries. But hybrid back Le'Ron McClain could end up more closely replicating Tolbert as the power change-of-pace to Mathews. While Mathews figures to play a lot of the red zone snaps, McClain seems likely to step in on the goal line. Turner is an Air Coryell disciple who gets the ball downfield. Protection issues were at the root of Philip Rivers' mid-season struggles in 2011, but they seem to have gotten things straightened out with Jared Gaither stepping in at left tackle. Rivers reads deep-to-short, with Robert Meachem taking over for Vincent Jackson as the primary deep target. Antonio Gates will continue to run a lot of intermediate crossing routes as the No. 2 option, with Malcom Floyd occasionally targeted as a deep threat. The Chargers use their backs often in the passing game and they really missed Darren Sproles last year. But the arrival of Eddie Royal in the slot could fill some of Sproles' old catch-and-run playmaking. When they throw in the red zone, Gates is overwhelmingly the top target. The Chargers' defense experienced quite a drop-off in production last season, allowing 75 more yards per game than in 2010. They brought in some solid veterans to help in 2012, but no real game-changers. First-round draft pick DE Melvin Ingram will need some seasoning before he becomes an elite pass rusher. Eric Weddle now plays more of a centerfield role rather than downhill in the box. This reduced his production in the tackle department and seemed to hurt the San Diego run defense a bit last season, but Weddle's seven interceptions in 2011 were more than he had in his previous four seasons combined. |
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(Updates Chargers' playoff scenario)
*Panthers-Chargers Preview* ===========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
The San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers are coming off impressive wins - one against a potential playoff team and the other against a division champion.
Those victories just came a little too late.
San Diego enters Sunday still clinging to the slimmest of hopes for a playoff berth as it hosts Carolina, which has already been eliminated.
The Chargers (5-8) lost four straight before last Sunday's 34-24 win in Pittsburgh, their first victory against a team with a winning record. It also extended their playoff chances at least another week, though one more loss - or a Pittsburgh win over Dallas - officially eliminates them from contention.
To go 8-8 and avoid the team's first losing season since 2003, San Diego will need to win its final three games - not impossible with contests against the Jets and Raiders remaining. But 8-8 may not buy coach Norv Turner another year as it did last season, when the Chargers finished 4-1 to end up .500.
In his sixth and possibly final season with San Diego, Turner deflected talk of his job security.
"That's not the thing that's on my mind," said Turner, who is 54-39 with the Chargers. "We're trying to get ready for Carolina and trying to build on what we did last week. That's where I'm at."
Team president Dean Spanos hasn't yet told him he would be let go at the end of the season, Turner said, though he expected it would take the team's first playoff berth since the 2009 season to save his job.
Turner's squad showed a glimpse of perhaps what could have been with an efficient performance against the Steelers. The Chargers went 12 of 22 on third-down conversions, possessed the ball for 36:46 and played their third turnover-free game of the season in the franchise's first regular-season win in Pittsburgh.
"It's been there, it's just about execution," running back Ronnie Brown said. "You know, like we've been saying all season, when we execute, when we do it the way we're capable of doing it, the results are usually good. But unfortunately, we haven't been able to be consistent and do it for four quarters throughout the whole season."
It's a script that sounds painfully familiar to the Panthers, who at 4-9 are tied for the NFC's worst record but have seven losses by six points or fewer.
Carolina's 30-20 win last Sunday against Atlanta - which already clinched the NFC South title - stands as the highlight of an otherwise disappointing season that began with center Ryan Kalil taking a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer declaring that the Panthers would win the Super Bowl.
They finally realized some of their potential, racking up a season-high 475 yards against the Falcons.
"The disappointing thing is that's what we can be," said coach Ron Rivera, who spent four seasons on Turner's staff in San Diego from 2007-10, mostly as the defensive coordinator.
"We know that. Based on what we did, how we did it and who we did it with, that's the disappointing thing. ... We've found some balance, we have. Unfortunately, we didn't do it sooner."
Sunday's performance continued a recent surge by Carolina's offense. The Panthers are averaging 397.3 yards over their last four games, and Cam Newton has keyed the improvement following an inconsistent first half of the season.
Newton has compiled 1,363 yards of offense and 11 total touchdowns in the last four weeks without a turnover. He accounted for only eight TDs and turned it over 11 times in Carolina's first seven games.
"The way he played and the things that he did, that shows you what potentially he is going to become," Rivera said of Newton, whose career-high 116 rushing yards against the Falcons included a 72-yard TD.
"We just have to keep working and he has to keep growing as a football player. These last five weeks now have been pretty doggone solid. I'm very pleased with his development."
San Diego's Philip Rivers played well against Pittsburgh, matching a season high with three passing TDs and only being sacked once, though his 37 sacks are the second-most in the league.
The Chargers' recent revelation has been receiver Danario Alexander, who caught seven passes for 88 yards and two scores last week. A former undrafted free agent, Alexander has 30 receptions for 494 yards and five TDs over his last five games.
Carolina has won all but one of the teams' four previous meetings, including a 26-24 victory in San Diego in 2008.
Mike Tolbert will be returning to San Diego with the Panthers after spending his first four seasons with the Chargers, totaling 21 touchdowns in 2010 and 2011. He's found the end zone only twice this year.
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