Game Book: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Week 4

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Each week, we look through the official NFL Game Book and find the most interesting stats from the Chargers' previous game.

  • The San Diego Chargers did not trail the Kansas City Chiefs at any point. They had the ball and the lead for 28:56.
  • Both teams scored 3 offensive touchdowns. Both teams had running backs that scored both rushing and receiving touchdowns (Jamaal Charles, Jackie Battle).
  • 5 of the Chargers' 10 longest offensive plays came out of the Shotgun formation. 9 of the Chargers 10 longest offensive plays were passes, and the other was a 14 yard run by Ryan Mathews. In total, they had 3 plays that went for 20+ yards.
  • 6 of the Chiefs' 10 longest offensive plays came out of the Shotgun, and 3 of those 6 happened while KC was running a "no huddle" offense. 3 of their 10 longest offensive plays were runs and, in total, they had 4 plays that went for 20+ yards.
  • Nick Novak was the leading "point scorer" in the game, with 13 total points.
  • Welcome back, Jared Gaither. Gaither was one of 5 offensive players to play all 63 snaps in yesterday's game. The others were Philip RIvers, Nick Hardwick, Louis Vasquez, and Tyronne Green. Jeromey Clary missed just one play, when he was replaced by Mike Harris (who is, apparently, a better pulling Tackle than Clary is).
  • Malcom Floyd played on 57 (90%) offensive snaps. That seems dangerous. Also made of glass, Antonio Gates played on 54 (85%) offensive snaps.
  • Jackie Battle (27 offensive snaps, 12 special teams snaps) definitely played a larger part in this game than Ryan Mathews (21 offensive snaps).
  • Eddie Royal excited a lot of people in mini camp but, as long as he keeps playing on just 25% of the offensive snaps, he won't be doing much to back it up. Perhaps, with Gaither being able to handle pass rushers one-on-one, they'll soon be able to spread the offense out and use Royal more.
  • Corey Lynch and Darrell Stuckey both had 24 snaps on special teams, but Lynch continues to get snaps with the defense (12 in this game) while Stuckey doesn't. That's frustrating.
  • The list of Chargers that played every defensive down should look familiar: Eric Weddle, Quentin Jammer, Antoine Cason, Donald Butler, and Atari Bigby. Really feels like they're playing with fire by having Bigby out there that much.
  • For the 5th consecutive week, your most regular defensive lineman is....Vaughn Martin. Here are the guys that played by snaps: Martin (44), Corey Liuget (41), Kendall Reyes (34), Cam Thomas (24), and Aubrayo Franklin (19). Corey Lynch was the only defensive player that got on the field that had less snaps than Franklin, and no d-lineman played more than 61% of the snaps.
  • Probably because the Chargers had the lead all game, Melvin Ingram (32) actually got more snaps than Jarret Johnson (30). None of the OLBs played more than 65% of the defensive snaps.
  • Ex-Charger Brandon Siler played a grand total of zero defensive snaps for the Chiefs, but did get out there for 16 Special Teams plays.
  • Tamba Hali (97%) and Justin Houston (100%) definitely had time enough on the field to get to Philip Rivers.
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