Game Book: San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Al Messerschmidt

Each week, we go through the official NFL game book of the last Chargers game in search of useful statistics. Today we look at their loss to the Buccaneers.

  • Ronnie Brown, who was been awesome all season, wasn't awesome against Tampa Bay. Sure, he had 4.5 yards per carry, but his 2.0 yards per catch was far and away his lowest of the season.
  • Josh Freeman is the anti-Philip Rivers. He's never great, but he's gone 4+ games without throwing a pick.
  • Just like 2010, the Chargers offense and defense put up great numbers because the offense had more possessions than the defense. This is because of the interception TD and the punt block that was returned for a TD by the Buccaneers.
  • The offensive line and Philip Rivers played every snap. The player with most snaps that wasn't a QB or on the line? Danario Alexander. An undrafted free agent that was signed two weeks ago. Let that sink in.
  • Ryan Mathews played on 55% of the offensive snaps. Ronnie Brown played on 44%.
  • Robert Meachem, who signed a 4-year contract for $25.9 million this offseason, played on 8 snaps and was thrown at just once.
  • Jackie Battle came in for one snap. He carried the ball for 21 yards on that play. He was then sent back to the bench. He signed a 1-year contract for $700k this offseason.
  • The only defensive players to play every snap were Eric Weddle, Donald Butler and Quentin Jammer.
  • The only TB defensive players to play every snap? E.J. Biggers, Ronde Barber, and two rookies: Mark Barron and Lavonte David.
  • Vincent Jackson played on 91% of Tampa's offensive snaps. Doug Martin played on 88% of the snaps, if you want to compare him to Ryan Mathews.
  • Unlike the last few weeks, Takeo Spikes played on 77% of the defensive snaps and Demorrio Williams got just 12% of the snaps.
  • Jarret Johnson (65%) is still getting far more snaps than Melvin Ingram (26%).
  • Shareece Wright, who many want to be a starting Cornerback, got just 2 snaps.
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