Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Bright Spot In Chargers Loss: WR Keenan Allen

Enough of the bitterness on the Chargers play this weekend. Let’s look at some of the bright spots of this game. This post will be dedicated to one of the bright spots and there definitely were some spots in which the team looked good, despite the horrendous loss to the Raiders.

This post will be dedicated to Keenan Allen. He should have had 3 touchdowns in that game and will be a big time threat in the red zone for the team moving forward. He is showing that he can be a star in this league and if he keeps playing at this level, he will be considered as an offensive rookie of the year candidate.

Philip Rivers has Allen’s trust and Allen has done all kinds of work to gain that confidence from his quarterback. Allen is one of the most slippery receivers at the line of scrimmage and is finding all kinds of open space in the secondary.

Last night, Allen stepped up against the Raiders and posted 115 yards on 6 catches and a touchdown. Nice numbers against the hated Raiders team. He is getting more and more respect from other teams around the league and he is becoming a big time playmaker for the Chargers.

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  • Gunnar Martin

    Loved the way he played. He went all-out, 100 percent effort. That tackle he broke on his TD was pure will power. Looks like our rookies are leading by example at this point.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    He played great. I also really liked the effort he gave on broken tackle to score his first NFL touchdown

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Allen could get offensive rookie of the year if he keeps playing like this, he obviously can (should of had 3 td’s) the refs not having a proper camera angle of his knee by the back line is ridiculous, someone posted a live shot from a photographers Nikon that had it in bounds 100% but it didn’t show up in any of the replay angles. I think Allen and Alexander could be a pairing for the future, cut Floyd and get a healthy big wideout that doesn’t miss games. I love Floyd but man you gotta be out there playing.

    The thing I love the most about Allen is the edge he plays with, he grabs the ball and snatches it like it belongs to him and runs with conviction. Dude looks like he has the best hands of any guy on our team, God bless TT for the steal of the draft.

    • Ignatius

      Well said except the Alexander part. While my instincts tell me that an A-A pairing would be awesome, let us not forget that Danario already has two knee procedures and a third one is most likely career ending. Very rarely do we a see player come back time and time again from injuries an expect to perform at a high level. A perfect example sits on the SD bench in the likes of Mathews. He’s been injury prone most of his career even from his college years and yet the team waits and waits for his recovery to only get injured in a three week span. Would I like Mathews to play every week and a good level? Of course! But the reality is different and should do what it’s been done to Danario, say thank you and part ways with him. Before you point this out to me, Allen had a severe injury as well but his occurred at the first quarter of the college season, more than enough time to recover well to play in the NFL. Let’s see how he handles the rest of the way.

      • shayaaa

        I’m pretty sure this is his fifth knee surgery. He’s had three to one knee and two on his other.

    • shayaaa

      I think Alexander is done

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        lol I think so too but I don’t want to go there til next year, VB is pretty damn good too but we need another Big tall guy that can get the jump balls and stay on the field.

    • Stefanie Smith

      We owe Floyd. If it is over for Malcolm., then I hope they treat him well and convince him to retire. He is and always will be a Charger. Part of the family forever.

      Some of these strangers to the Chargers should not have a roster spot and Malcolm thrown out like trash. Nope–send Derek Cox packing first.

    • NativeSanDiegan

      He does have the best hands and is a future all-pro. Is already #1 receiver. But saying Floyd is injury prone after proclaiming Alexander as a starter is a bit backwards. Alexander probably won’t make the team next year and Floyd is a very valuable receiver. Can’t blame his neck injury on being injury prone. Anyone getting hit like he was would have had a concussion or worse. At least Floyd goes over the middle! He and Gates are the chain movers, along with Royal. Floyd also goes deep, runs the deep post and deep corner, and he blocks.

  • afel120

    Hell yea! Our star! And lets not forget the other reciever yesterday that was underated and came through also vincent brown! 8 rec 117 yards! Those 2 combined are our future core!

  • Thomas87

    From what I saw last night Keenan has a huge future in this league.. Hopefully with the bolts!! He might not be the biggest but he is shifty and can make amazing catches! He reminds me of Floyd with the sticky hands.. Floyd is a good receiver.. I think k13 can be great.. It’s only his first season and usually players take a couple years to develop.. I can’t wait to see a bigger stronger faster Keenan cause that will be a scary sight for other teams.. Keep it up Keenan we need all the redzone threats we can get

    • Joel Ayala

      Like that K13. he’s coming onto his own. and is gonna be a huge playmaker for us. I can’t wait to see CB Stevie Williams from Cal too that we drafted in the 5th RD. he is definitely needed at this point. too bad he’s out for the year. so imo TT had a decent draft. only question mark is Tourke Williams. wanna see what he can.do.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Kudos to Keenan & VB…
    Now, riddlee this…How to O Lineman make it in the NFL & not be able to excel @ run blocking??? SD’s anemic run attack is the missing peice to this O….Defense is another story in itself….SD played an incomplete game vs. last week against the Cowboys…

  • Nick in PB

    Kudos to Keenan! I thought that in the preseason, he looked like a guy with shifty moves, great hands but still had a lot to learn. I have to give him, and the staff lot’s of credit for getting him up to speed. He’s got moves after the catch too! When was the last time we had a receiver like him, Royal too, that can run after the catch?


    Vincent Brown was having the better game.
    I went crazy when Vincent Brown’s TD was called back because of illegal formation on Mike Harris.
    Vincent Brown was the player I was most impressed with.

    But Keenan Allen was a close second. I love the bravado the passion and intensity he plays with.

    • JoseSD

      It was on LT Nick Becton, undrafted rookie and it was his first play during a regular season game. I doubt if Mike Harris was in he would have lined up illegally

  • Berdj Rassam

    Keenan Allen was a stud in college and it’s carrying forward to the NFL – he catches just about everything thrown his way.