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Game Book Fun: Titans at Chargers, Week 2

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) scrambles away from pressure during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) scrambles away from pressure during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Each week, I look through the NFL's game book for the most recent San Diego Chargers game and try and find fun nuggets of statistical information.

Week 1 at Oakland Raiders

I've already glanced at the game book for yesterday's 38-10 Chargers victory over the Tennessee Titans, and there's some great stuff in here. Let's dive right in.

  • The San Diego Chargers had the ball and the lead for more than 37 minutes. Those minutes were spread out over 11 offensive drives.
  • Outside of the last play of the game, where the Titans got 46 yards on a play where the Chargers left the receiver open but made sure to tackle him as soon as he made the catch, the longest Titans offensive play was 20 yards. That play was also the one with Vaughn Martin's 15 yard penalty added on top of it, for a total gain of 35 yards.
  • 8 of the 10 longest offensive plays for the Titans came out of the shotgun, while only 4 of the Chargers longest offensive plays were from shotgun.
  • Here are the Chargers' defensive players that played every snap: Eric Weddle, Atari Bigby, Donald Butler, Quentin Jammer, Antoine Cason.

  • Here are the Chargers' offensive players that played every snap: Philip Rivers, Jeromey Clary, Louis Vasquez, Nick Hardwick, Tyronne Green, Mike Harris.
  • Jackie Battle played just 15 snaps, and carried the ball on 14 of them. He is certainly a one-dimensional offensive player.
  • Robert Meachem played 59 offensive snaps (73% of all offensive snaps) and was thrown to 4 times, but finished with zero catches.
  • The Chargers played much of the game without a Defensive Tackle. Aubrayo Franklin and Cam Thomas were only in for 17 snaps combined, less than half of the total number of defensive snaps.
  • Vaughn Martin (69%), Corey Liuget (62%) and Kendall Reyes (43%) played far more than any other defensive lineman. It'll be interesting to see how/if that chance when Antonio Garay returns to action.
  • Jarret Johnson and Melvin Ingram played on the exact same number of snaps, 17.
  • Curtis Brinkley played on more offensive snaps than Ronnie Brown and Jackie Battle combined.
  • Takeo Spikes, who was on the field for 57% of the defensive snaps last week, was on the field for 55% of the defensive snaps this week.