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Game Book: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers

Each week, we look through the official game book released by the NFL and pick out interesting tidbits from the previous Chargers game.

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  • San Diego Chargers held the Denver Broncos to a 25% conversation rate on third downs.
  • Here's the bad news: The Chargers were so bad on first and second down that the Broncos only faced third down 8 times. 6 of those 8 times were in the first half.
  • The Chargers had 7 offensive drives in which they also had the lead. The Broncos had the ball and the lead just twice.
  • 9 of the 10 longest offensive plays for San Diego were running plays. 5 of the 9 pass plays were from the shotgun formation.
  • All 10 of the Broncos' 10 longest offensive plays were passing plays. 7 of them were from the shotgun formation.
  • The Chargers' offensive playtime percentages are incredibly predictable. Philip Rivers and the offensive line played 100% of the snaps. Malcom Floyd played 96% of the snaps. Antonio Gates played 92% of the snaps. Same old story.
  • Ryan Mathews, who apparently still can't pass-block, was in on just 55% (41) of the offensive snaps. Ronnie Brown (32) and Jackie Battle (2) were in on the other 45%.
  • Le'Ron McClain (25%) and Randy McMichael (44%) got a fair amount of snaps, trying to help out the offensive line.
  • Robert Meachem, who is still trying to develop chemistry with the QB and still trying to learn the playbook, was on the field for 91% of the offensive plays.
  • Defensive players that played every snap include: Eric Weddle, Atari Bigby, Donald Butler and Antoine Cason. Quentin Jammer missed two snaps after his interception return.
  • Against a passing offense that could not be stopped in the second half, Jarret Johnson played 66% of the snaps against Melvin Ingram's 25%. The under-use of Ingram is one of the major storylines of this 2012 Chargers season.
  • Shaun Phillips, who broke down due to overuse last season and left the defense with a gaping hole, played on 88% of the defensive plays.
  • Corey Liuget (34) topped Vaughn Martin (30) for most snaps among defensive linemen. Aubrayo Franklin, Cam Thomas and Kendall Reyes each had 22 snaps.