Chargers bold prediction: Two different players reach 100 receiving yards
At first glance, predicting two different 100-yard receivers on the same team doesn’t sound too bold. However, it is actually a rare occurrence, especially with a team that spreads the ball around as much as the Chargers.
Philip Rivers usually gets everyone involved in the offense. While Keenan Allen gets the most love, and most targets, Rivers makes sure everyone gets their share of the pie. The Chargers are thin at the wide receiver position, but that does not mean they are short of pass catchers.
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Hunter Henry, Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler all contribute to the passing game as receivers, and even fullback Derek Watt chips in from time to time. Add Allen and Williams to that list, and it’s easy to see why it’s bold to predict that 200+ of Rivers’ passing yards will go to only two of these players.
The last time the Chargers had two different receivers go over 100 yards on the same game, was on Week 1 of the 2018 season, where Allen and Gordon went for 108 and 102 yards respectively in a losing effort against the Chiefs.
It may have helped that the Chargers went down early, where Rivers threw for 424 yards while playing the whole game on catch-up mode, so let’s hope it isn’t the case on Thursday.
Shane Steichen showed a very balanced offense in his first game as a play-caller, but splash plays and chemistry with Rivers will help two different players to reach the 100 yard receiving mark for the first time since September 2018.
Look out for these bold predictions during Thursday’s game, and look out next week for the recap and next game’s predictions.