The Los Angeles Chargers got another win Sunday, this time over the slumping Buffalo Bills. The Chargers 54-24 utter domination came thanks to their defense, which took a lot of pressure and allowed the offense to open up and work.
This team just keeps leading us on and has a lot of us thinking about the postseason again. The defense is starting to click at the right time, the offense is slowly picking it up and the kicker can make field goals far more consistently.
Once again, I want to write an apology to the readers of Bolt Beat, as I haven’t been able to write one of these articles in quite some time. I’ve had a lot going on recently and was just unable to get anything done here besides the weekly game pick and the roundtable. From here out, I am going to get each article out timely and weekly. Thank you for continuing to read and support. Now, let’s go.
Biggest Offensive Winner: Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen has always had the talent to be one of the top wide receivers in the game. Against a struggling Bills defense, he showed just why he is Philip Rivers’ top target. Allen ended the game with 12 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, Allen was the top-graded receiver in the NFL for Week 11.
Allen was doing it all. Running open on short, quick routes and being a typical possession receiver. He was also working a little deeper out of the slot, although his longest was only a 29-yarder. If Rivers and Allen keep up this level of chemistry moving forward, I think it will open up the passing game to more of what it has been to in the past.
Biggest Offensive Loser: Antonio Gates
One of the best tight ends of all time. Rivers’ favorite target ever. A supremely talented athlete. But, on Sunday, Antonio Gates only played 15 total snaps, or 20 percent of the offensive snaps, according to Football Outsiders. In a week where the offense put up 40 points and everyone on offense was getting involved, Gates only came away with one target.
Now, maybe he was being rested so he could have something left in the tank for the rest of the season. Maybe, just maybe, though, he’s done. It’s going to happen sooner rather than later, and while it’s going to be hard for Chargers fans to move on from No. 85, father time catches up to everyone.