Receivers and defensive line
What a day for Allen. After a quiet outing last week, #13 rebounded in a big way here. After the early fumble near the goal line, he was lights out with quite a few highlight-reel moments:
16 receptions, 145 yards and a touchdown was the stat line he put up in this one. While Allen has had a few games with more yards in his career, he’s never had more receptions. 16 catches is the most by a receiver in Chargers’ history.
Allen’s explosion allowed other receivers to get involved as well. We finally had solid offensive outputs from Allen, Williams, and Henry in the same game. All three caught touchdowns and went for 45+ yards.
Jalen Guyton and Johnson have been the deep ball guys that were good for a few shots a game. This time it was Johnson who got the perfectly placed 54-yard ball from Herbert. The Chargers had struggled on connecting with the deep shot in the last two games, so it was nice to see it work in this one.
The defensive line received a huge shot in the arm vs. the Jets with the return of Joey Bosa. Bosa registered eight pressures on the day with six quarterback hits on Joe Flacco. The rest of the defense registered eight pressures combined. The penalties were somewhat irresponsible, but this team desperately missed the energy that Bosa brings.
The rest of the line was…pedestrian. Denzel Perryman was the only player who registered a sack on the day and he was coming from the second level. It was disappointing to see Melvin Ingram continue to struggle even with Bosa back. It certainly wasn’t the dynamic duo that Chargers fans had become used to in recent years.
Uchenna Nwosu, unfortunately, got banged up in this game, so hopefully, he’s OK going forward. Other than Bosa, I’m not seeing much game to game pass rush or rush defense consistency from the other guys on the line. Jerry Tillery, Linval Joseph, and Justin Jones need to be a little more active over the course of the back half of the season.
Defensive Line: B-