San Diego, CA- So far this season the Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense has been given the most credit for the Chargers success. Yet arguably the performance of the Chargers defense this season in spite of all their injuries has been just as impressive.
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The Chargers shutout the New York Jets 31-0 today for their first shut out since December 12th 2010 when they shutout the Kansas City Chiefs 31-0 as well.
The San Diego Chargers are the first team in the NFL to shut out an opposing team this season. Despite missing starting linebacker Manti Te’o, cornerback Shareece Wright, linebacker Melvin Ingram and 2014 2nd round pick linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu the Chargers defense have continued to perform at a high level.
The Chargers only allowed the Jets to convert 1 of 11 third downs, 150 yards total yards and forced two turnovers. Defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews produced the first turnover when he stripped running back Chris Johnson and the Chargers recovered the fumble. The second turnover came when the cornerback Brandon Flowers intercepted Jets quarterback Geno Smith right before the half for his 2nd interception of the season.
The San Diego Chargers not only have one of the best offenses in the NFL….they also have arguably one of the best defenses in the NFL. Currently the Chargers have allowed the 2nd lowest points per game (12.6), 3rd lowest total yards per game (290.8), 3rd lowest passing yards per game (194.8) and 10th lowest rushing yards per game (96) in the NFL this season.