Dec 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) brings down San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) during second quarter action at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers need a win on Saturday to stay in the playoff race and they will have to do it without Keenan Allen on the field. Maybe the team will get creative with their playcalling without Allen there. We can only wish! The receivers on the roster were already having issues getting open and now Allen will have to sit out. There is no telling how long Allen will be out, but Ryan Mathews was out with a broken collarbone a couple of seasons ago for a few weeks. Allen could be back for the playoffs. I bet he heals a little faster than Ryan.
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The Chargers are going to need a running game to sprout out of the concrete in order to win this weekend. Ryan Mathews did not practice last week with his busted ankle and would be a huge upgrade if he were able to see the field. He would be our biggest hope for some things to change on offense. The other backs on the roster have not been able to create anything in the run game lately. They likely will be used in the passing game more often though.
Branden Oliver and Donald Brown have not been able to pick up the running game with Ryan out. BO did it for a couple of games, but he has not been able to get back to that level since the games against the Raiders and the Jets. The team will have to find a new option to run the ball next season, but until that time Ryan Mathews needs to get back on the field to carry the load.
With Allen out, the team could look more toward the tight ends to get involved.