By The Numbers: Chargers VS Cowboys

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58) attempts to tackle San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into this Sunday’s encounter with the Dallas Cowboys, The Chargers have no shortage of challenges to overcome.

At this point of the season, statistics can tell a lot about a team. They can show the strengths and weakness of a team, but more importantly how each team can respond to those stats week in and week out. For teams with question marks surrounding them, this is the time players have to challenge themselves to defy what the media and the stats say about their play. Or they will not respond and be exactly what their record and  team numbers say they are.

This Sunday, the Chargers square off against The Dallas Cowboys. Here are some numbers that fans should be paying attention to.

  • “2005″ -The last time that Dallas Cowboys defeated The San Diego Chargers.
  • “4th”-DeMarco Murray’s ranking in the NFL rushing for 286 yards through three games.
  • “10-0″ The record The Cowboys have when rushing for more than 100 yards in a game.
  • “70″ Percentage of passes that Philip Rivers has completed this season.
  • “116.2″ QBR of Philip Rivers, second only to Peyton Manning.
  • “18.3″ Number of points The Cowboys defense has held opponents to per game. 
  • “13″ Number of sacks the Dallas defense has on the season.
  • “31″ The current ranking of  San Diego’s defense (28th vs run) (32nd vs pass)
  • “0″ Number of interceptions The Chargers secondary has.

Win or lose for either squad, this  game is going to tell a lot about how a team handles adversity and how they can rise up to defeat it. People say that stats aren’t everything and maybe they’re not….but at the end of the day numbers don’t lie. They are the overall result of the decisions and plays you make that determine whether you are the victor or the defeated.

What Chargers team will show up Sunday?


The one that we all think they are?…Or the one we all know they are?


By Jake Hefner



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