1. Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen had a really quiet first game with Tyrod Taylor under center and did not have the kind of game that we are used to seeing from the Pro Bowl receiver. The offensive gameplan early on seemed to be to build up the targets thrown Allen’s way, but as the game went on, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry became Tyrod Taylor’s favorite weapons.
Allen was targeted just eight times in this game and hauled in four receptions for 37 yards. This broke a 10-game streak for Allen in which he had at least 40 yards receiving.
The Chargers know coming into this game that they are going to have to score more points and Allen should be targetted more as a result. Shane Steichen should learn from Week 1 and develop more of a moving pocket and utilize Taylor’s strengths, which would help Allen as the recipient of plenty of targets on slants and drag routes.
I am hopeful that the Chargers lack of inspiration in the playcalling in Week 1 was simply them not wanting to show too much ahead of this Week 2 matchup. This is a new style of offense, after all, and they did not really do anything new.
Plus, Allen always seems to have a big game against the Kansas City Chiefs. That trend will continue and Allen will be the team’s leading receiver in this game.