Game Book: San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints

Chuck Cook -US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

In which we look through the official NFL Game Book and find the most interesting stats from the Chargers' loss to the Saints.

Not that I'm chomping at the bit to relive the San Diego Chargers' collapse against the New Orleans Saints, but let's look through the game book for any interesting tidbits we can find.

  • Chris Carr, signed specifically to help the San Diego secondary against the New Orleans' passing attack, did not play a single down on defense.
  • The Chargers converted 33% of their third-down opportunities while the Saints converted 56%.
  • 2 of the Chargers' 10 longest offensive plays were run plays, as opposed to 0 of the Saints' 10 longest offensive plays.
  • Each team had 3 offensive drives with the lead.
  • As per usual, all 5 offensive linemen and Philip Rivers were the only offensive players to play every snap.
  • Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates each played more than 93% of the offensive snaps.
  • Ronnie Brown, Norv Turner's new go-to Running Back in the 2 minute offense, played on 48% of the Chargers' snaps. He carried the ball on just 2 of those 33 snaps, making his presence on the field a factor of predicting what the San Diego offense will do.
  • Ryan Mathews, despite being the best player on the field for the Chargers, played just 28 snaps on offense. The only offensive players with fewer snaps (but at least 1 snap) were Le'Ron McClain, Jackie Battle and Dante Rosario.
  • Chargers players in on every defensive snaps were Eric Weddle, Donald Butler, Atari Bigby and Quentin Jammer. Is Bigby really the best option at SS on 3rd down?
  • Shaun Phillips played on 79% of the defensive snaps, way more than any other OLB.
  • Corey Liuget steals Vaughn Martin's crown as the defensive linemen with the most snaps. He had 45 compared to Martin's 43.
  • Aubrayo Franklin, former Saint, played on 33% of the defensive snaps.
  • Jarret Johnson, a run-stopping LB, was in on 47% of the defensive snaps against a team that almost never runs the ball (and does a poor job of it when they do). Melvin Ingram, pass-rushing specialist, played on 29% of the defensive snaps.
  • Takeo Spikes, leader of the defense, was on the field for just 43% of their snaps.
  • Kendall Reyes played on 42% of the snaps, far more than Melvin Ingram.
  • Larry English had the fewest defensive snaps (among those that had at least 1), playing on 15% of the plays. He had fewer than Corey Lynch, who was in on 21% of the defensive plays.
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