The New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets all rank in the league's top-seven in time of possession. That will come in handy against a Chargers team that led the conference in points per game (28.4). Opponents will no doubt try to dominate the ball and keep Philip Rivers & Co. off the field.
The Patriots, who come to San Diego if they beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, lead the NFL in time of possession at 33:05 per game.
"In this league, if you want to do something, you have to go earn it," Turner said. "That's been a great lesson learned by a lot of people in our organization."
Trend Two: Serve Stingy Run Defense
RB Darren Sproles
The Chargers finished the season with the worst per-carry average (3.3 yards). However, that doesn't mean Turner will abandon the run against these beefy front-sevens. The Chargers have run more than they've passed during their 10-game winning streak, which is no coincidence. Also, Turner has been careful to limit LaDainian Tomlinson's touches to ready him for the playoffs.
"I'm not dinged up or banged up at all," Tomlinson said. "I am where I wanted to be going into the playoffs."
Trend Three: Punt Precise
As fans of the Indianapolis Colts learned during last season's playoffs, a good punter can make all the difference. Mike Scifres single-footedly eliminated the Colts last season when he placed all six of his punts inside the 20-yard line, with his final boot pinning the Colts at their 1-yard line.
Scifres is among the league's best at handcuffing return men, but Chris Hanson (NE), Kevin Huber (CIN) and Steven Weatherford (NYJ) are pretty good as well. None of those three punters has allowed a kick to be returned for a score this season.
That's bad news for Darren Sproles, San Diego's franchise player who already has one punt return for a touchdown this season. The Chargers are looking for new ways to open up return lanes for Sproles; with a strong punter sure to come to Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 17, Turner and special teams coach Steve Crosby are using this time to game plan new ways to maximize Sproles' explosiveness.
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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.