You can't keep Antonio Gates off the field.
Each week, the NFL releases something called the "game book" after the conclusion of each game. This week, I decided to go digging through the game book for the San Diego Chargers victory over the Oakland Raiders in search of some awesome statistical nuggets of information.
- Both the Chargers and the Raiders only had 3 plays on offense that went for 20+ yards. The only play that went 30+ yards was the 46 yard pass to WR Robert Meachem.
- 7 of the 8 longest offensive plays by the Raiders came out of the shotgun. Only 3 of the 8 longest offensive plays by the Chargers were out of the shotgun.
- Although the Raiders, at one point, had a 3 point lead, their offense never had the ball while the team was leading. The Chargers had 7 drives with the lead, adding up to 16:34 time on the field for the offense with a lead.
- OLB Jarret Johnson was on the field for 43 snaps (57% of the total defensive snaps). OLB Melvin Ingram was on the field for 25 snaps (33% of the total defensive snaps).
- Defensive Line snaps broke down like this: Corey Liuget (49), Vaughn Martin (47), Aubrayo Franklin (46), Kendall Reyes (32) and Cam Thomas (25). There's your rotation.
- Takeo Spikes was on the field for 57% of the defensive snaps, with Demorrio Williams seeing 35% of the snaps. Seems like the team knows Spikes should be off the field on 3rd down.
- Darren McFadden was on the field for 93% of the Raiders offensive snaps. So much for handling him with kid gloves.
- Derek Hagan had a good game for someone that had been on the roster for 5 days and was on the field for 35% of the offensive snaps.
- Despite injuring his ribs, Antonio Gates was on the field for 92% of the offensive snaps. Wow.
- Curtis Brinkley played more snaps (31) than Ronnie Brown (27) or Le'Ron McClain (27). Good thing we didn't cut him, I guess.