Patriots-Chargers matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Oct. 20, 2010 @ 1:29 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

Here's a matchup to watch in the Week Seven game between the Patriots and Ravens:

Patriots rushing attack vs. Chargers run defense

Believe it or not, the 2-4 Chargers lead the league in multiple categories, including total defense. Their rushing defense is sixth in the league, allowing just 91.5 yards a game. While the Patriots' bread and butter is their passing attack, they are 12th in the league in rushing, gaining 123.2 rushing yards per game.

Using bulky RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis juxtaposed with diminutive, speedy RB Danny Woodhead, the Patriots have had no problem creating a balance on offense, even without Week One starter Fred Taylor. They will go up against the front seven of the Chargers, led by LBs Shaun Phillips and Kevin Burnett. The two have combined for 11 sacks and 54 tackles this season.

Going against the Chargers' league-best pass defense, the Patriots will try hard to establish the run, but it won't be an easy task.