It’s become something of a Chargers tradition in the Norv Turner era: a slow start followed by a red-hot finish and another AFC West title.  With the second half of the season starting this Sunday at 10am in Houston right here on 96-7 KCAL Rocks, is the team ready to explode again?

In 2007, starting in Week 5, the Bolts won four of six, then closed by winning their last six to wrap up the division.  ’08 was a little dicier, with the team waiting until Week 13 to begin the closing win streak, taking their last four with one win against each division foe.  Last year, the final loss came in Week 5 before the team blew away the West.

The signs for this year are pretty positive.  Not only is Philip Rivers on track for a legendary 5,300-yard season, but the ground game is pacing toward another 1,800 yards, roughly 400 more than last year.

The problem must be the defense, right?  Actually, the D is on track to surrender 1,200 fewer yards in total offense this year.

Maybe this says it best: Over the first three years of the Turner era, the Bolts have had fewer first downs than their opponents twice.  Last year, they picked up 21 more first downs than the opposition over the course of the year.  At the mid-point of 2010, the team already has 74 more first downs than the other guys.

With home games left against all three division rivals, and with the Colts and, ahem, Chiefs the only winning teams left on the schedule after this week, the big question might be whether the season-closing tear starts Sunday or after next week’s bye.

Given the Texans ugly performance last Monday, their league-worst passing defense and the fact that they remain the only team to lose to the ghost of the Dallas Cowboys, something’s got to give this week.  And we’re guessing it will be the Texans’ secondary.

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November 6, 2010 at 6:00 am | Chargers, Football, Sports | No comment