Chargers Defense Will be Tested by Dolphins’ Wildcat, Running Game


Published: September 23, 2009

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... next week's opponent, the Miami Dolphins.

What they saw must have seemed like a waking nightmare with Miami featuring an attack that beat the 'Bolts last season.

The San Diego Chargers must put the Baltimore game in the rear-view mirror and focus on the incoming Miami Dolphins for an early season must win game. Front and center will be stopping the Fins' Wildcat offense. 

San Diego is among the worst in the NFL against the run. Giving up 139 yards per game rushing and 4.3 yards per carry is no way to get to the playoffs. To make matters worse, injuries on the defensive line are going to make stopping the run tough.

Getting out to an early lead would take the Dolphins out of the running game, forcing them to throw more. From there the Chargers must make Chad Pennington beat them. Even then, he's extremely smart and plays an efficient game.

A strong pass rush is imperative; otherwise Pennington will pick the defense apart. If ...

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