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Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs with the ball past Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson (39) attempts to make a tackle during the game at FedEx Field. The Redskins defeated the Chargers 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Numbers Game: The Good Stats from Chargers vs Redskins

Chargers vs Redskins

The Bad

Well, it was a disappointing day to be a Chargers fan. In a retro, norv-esque fashion, the Chargers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and fall 30-24 to the Washington Redskins. Games like this prove just how far this team still has to go. But, there were some promising stats Chargers fans can feel good about. Here are my good stats for the game:


1. Keenan Allen: 8 catches, 128 yards, 1 TD

Keenan Allen is a stud. He had a couple bad plays in this game, but for the most part, he destroyed the Redskins’ secondary. 128 receiving yards is a new career best for the rookie, Keenan Allen. He has now eclipsed 100 yards 3 times in the last 4 games. Over the last 4 games, Allen has racked up over 400 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. Not bad for a 3rd round pick from Cal. Allen was made the No. 1 receiver on this team after Malcom Floyd went down, and has shown that he deserves the job.


2. Corey Liuget: 3 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 1 FG block

Corey Liuget was all over the field on Sunday. He was getting some good pressure on RGIII in the first half, before the defense completely fell apart. Liuget even blocked a last second field goal by Kai Forbath in the 2nd quarter. Liuget posted his first and second passes defensed on the season as well. He was very active on the line and was doing a good job of pressuring RGIII up the middle and forcing him outside quickly. It is too bad receivers were usually open by then.


3. 2 Minute Offense: 2:10, 14 plays, 91 yards, 19-yard game-tying FG

Philip Rivers quarterbacked the 2 minutes offense beautifully to end the game (last 3 plays not withstanding). The Chargers marched up the field quickly enough to have 3 shots from the Washington 1 yard line. Aiding in the drive was Keenan Allen with 3 catches for 53 yards, Eddie Royal with 1 catch for 20 yards, and Philip Rivers completing 66% of his passes (before the last 3 plays, only 54% after). The Chargers ended the drive with a 19-yard game-tying field goal.


4. Danny Woodhead: 9 catches, 77 yards

Danny Woodhead once again looks like the best skill player on offense. He is consistently Rivers’ most frequent target. Danny Woodhead was making plays out of the backfield and on the line and is one of the most versatile players on the Chargers. If another receiver goes down (knock on wood), I would seriously consider lining him up at receiver full time. He is an absolute mismatch nightmare for linebackers as he showed on Sunday.


5. 1st half Ryan Mathews: 6 rush, 33 yards

Ryan Mathews continues to get shafted in the 2nd half, and after a great 1st half, I have no idea why. If he had fumbled, sure. If he looked hurt, fine. But, once again, Mathews looked like a healthy inactive for the 2nd half of play. During the first half, Mathews looked explosive. He broke off the very first play of the game for an 11 yard run. Ryan Mathews was the first runningback this season to post two 100-yard games in a row this season, and looked like he could eclipse 100 again, but he wasn’t given the chance.


6. RGIII: 6 rushes, 17 yards

The option may have gashed the Chargers a couple times, but at least it wasn’t RGIII doing it. The Chargers D-line played well today and the linebackers played RGIII very well, forcing him to make the option pitch. The Chargers D-line was doing a good job of flushing him out of the pocket and batting passes all game. I was worried about RGIII going into this game after the Chargers played so poorly against multiple running quarterbacks, but they were able to hold RGIII to a pedestrian day on the ground. Have we improved at stopping mobile quarterbacks?


XP. Sean Lissemore: 1 INT, 1 Touchdown

Sean Lissemore was the benefactor of a batted RGIII pass that he caught in the endzone. It was an exciting play to put the Chargers on the board first. Mostly, this play showed the genius of Tom Telesco. TT added both Lawrence Guy, the man who batted the pass, and Sean Lissemore, the man who intercepted the pass, after training camp. TT did a great job of putting together a solid unit on the defensive line with little to work with. Maybe he should start working on that secondary…


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  • Daryl Peek

    This organization seems to be allergic to success or the chance to flex when it’s in their grasp. That’s the ongoing stat that truly frustrates me as a BOLT lifer! 5-3 puts us in control of our own destiny. Another season coming off a bye looking totally unprepared. I say we boycott bye’s.

    The bigger problem is the bend but don’t beak mentality of our DC. We got away with it against the Jags as they totally ran up the yards on our defense but couldn’t score. We completely broken in DC as we were bent over too often. No guts no glory seems to be our story on both sides of the ball now.

    • Peter Thompson

      I can’t imagine that TT isn’t already looking into replacements for them both. Pagano seems too kick back for me. I want a stern, tough DC. And, Whisenhunt showed me that he has no ability to stick with what is working, and claim an easy victory. I see people saying he has been pretty good, and this one time he wasn’t. They don’t remember the Texans game, where we were trying to run the clock out, and he kept passing, and gave it back to Houston with 3 minutes left. Then he ran it at the ONE time he should have passed. Then he failed in Oakland at the 1 yard line.. then he did it against Jacksonville again… now he cost us the Washington game doing it AGAIN. That shows me that he is stubborn, has no intention of changing his game plan, and that he WILL NOT lean on Mathews. He needs to go, and I have seen enough. Pagano too… but, at least he is working with much less talented players. I would keep him until season’s end, but he lacks the killer instinct this team needs. Whisenhunt has TONS of talent, and still can’t get it done. So I would fire him now, and have McCoy take over play calling until the end of the year. Then we might still have a shot.

      • Daryl Peek

        The thing about it is, Mathews has only fumbled 3 times over the last two seasons. You could say Woodhead cost us the Faider game with his fumble that went for six in the third quarter. The refs gave us a break on that fumble Woodhead had yesterday, because that was a fumble. Call that right game over right there. RM24, CUT HIM OR TRUST HIM, PERIOD!

        • boltingindiego

          on yesterdays maybe fumble you never had a clear shot of the knee down and when the ball came out.

          • Daryl Peek

            Nope, we got a clear break, his knee was not down. That call could have gone either way. Bottom line, trust RM24 or cut him!

  • bk

    It was a beautiful 2 minute drive with Rivers and Woodhead leading the way to the Redskins one yard line. Danny and others got them there, right to the door. Danny is not a slam bammer, but is a nightmare in open space……Time now for RYAN MATTHEWS to knock the door down. Once again, inexplicably Matthews sits on the bench as Danny gets stuffed under a mountain of flesh, and River throws two passes that not even Jesus could catch. All from the 1 yard line. Once again an exact repeat of the same scenario earlier this year in a game we also lost……I am in pain today, for the coaches once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. True, our pass rush stunk, and our pass defense stunk even worse. But we were still there at the end, and our 100 yard rusher the past two games is put on ice when we need him the most. FOR GOD’S SAKE MCCOY AND WISENHUNT, LET MATTHEWS BE WHO HE IS AND STOP TRYING TO MAKE WOODHEAD INTO WHO HE IS NOT……This tragic loss is the coaches’ loss, and no one else’s. Don’t try to make excuses and shuffle the blame. This morning, McCoy and Wisenhunt, you two look like the dumbest coaches on the face of the earth. Again! Make that clear to the team and accept the responsibility.

    • Conor Cahill

      Well said. Id prefer to see Mathews on the field only when we are within the opponents 10 as opposed to never in the red zone ever. Then again, fumbling issues…

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