clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 6 at Oakland Raiders

New, comments

A weekly feature looking at the distribution of playing time for the San Diego Chargers players on offense and defense. This week, we see who contributed in the close victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers were heavy favorites heading into their first divisional game at Oakland. The fans were confident, with our own John Gennaro going so far as to suggest he couldn't think of three reasons the Chargers might lose. The Raiders had already fired their head coach two weeks ago and were starting a rookie at quarterback. The Chargers were rolling with four straight wins. Everything was aligning for a blow out. Instead, the Chargers had to scratch and claw for a 3-point victory.

Let's see who contributed to that first divisional win on offense:

Pos. Name W6 Snaps "% of Total W6" W5 Snaps "% of Total W5" "WoW% Change"
G Chad Rinehart 73 100% 74 100% 0%
T King Dunlap 73 100% 74 100% 0%
QB Philip Rivers 73 100% 72 97% 3%
T D.J. Fluker 73 100% 40 54% 46%
C Rich Ohrnberger 73 100% 0 0% 100%
WR Keenan Allen 71 97% 63 85% 12%
WR Malcom Floyd 62 85% 33 45% 40%
RB Branden Oliver 57 78% 41 55% 23%
TE Antonio Gates 43 59% 40 54% 5%
G Johnnie Troutman 41 56% 40 54% 2%
TE Ladarius Green 37 51% 37 50% 1%
G Chris Watt 32 44% 38 51% -8%
WR Seyi Ajirotutu 22 30% 24 32% -2%
WR Eddie Royal 19 26% 38 51% -25%
TE David Johnson 19 26% 30 41% -15%
TE John Phillips 17 23% 31 42% -19%
RB Ronnie Brown 17 23% 0 0% 23%
WR Dontrelle Inman 1 1% 0 0% 1%
C Doug Legursky 0 0% 70 95% -95%
T Willie Smith 0 0% 34 46% -46%
RB Donald Brown 0 0% 22 30% -30%
RB Shaun Draughn 0 0% 11 15% -15%
QB Kellen Clemens 0 0% 2 3% -3%

This was only the second game this year in which none of the offensive linemen had to leave the game due to injury, but unlike week 3 at Buffalo, Watt and Troutman split time at right guard. This additional continuity didn't seem to help that much as the Raiders regularly won at the line of scrimmage. The tight ends were a smaller chunk of the offense this week with Phillips and Johnson losing playing time, a lot of which seems to have gone to Floyd and Allen. Brown took all of Draughn's snaps and then some while Branden Oliver continued to be a huge part of the offense.

And on the defensive side:

Pos. Name W6 Snaps "% of Total W6" W5 Snaps "% of Total W5" "WoW% Change"
SS Marcus Gilchrist 59 100% 54 95% 5%
FS Eric Weddle 59 100% 51 89% 10%
LB Donald Butler 59 100% 48 84% 16%
CB Jason Verrett 57 96% 37 65% 32%
DE Corey Liuget 48 81% 27 47% 34%
DE Kendall Reyes 46 78% 29 51% 27%
LB Dwight Freeney 44 74% 47 82% -8%
SS Jahleel Addae 42 71% 43 75% -4%
CB Brandon Flowers 37 63% 48 84% -22%
LB Jarret Johnson 36 61% 27 47% 14%
LB Andrew Gachkar 34 58% 35 61% -4%
LB Jerry Attaochu 33 56% 0 0% 56%
CB Richard Marshall 28 47% 27 47% 0%
LB Kavell Conner 18 30% 23 40% -10%
DT Sean Lissemore 14 24% 16 28% -4%
DE Tenny Palepoi 11 19% 23 40% -22%
DE Ricardo Mathews 8 14% 18 32% -18%
DE Ryan Carrethers 7 12% 15 26% -14%
LB Tourek Williams 5 8% 23 40% -32%
CB Chris Davis 4 7% 8 14% -7%
SS Darrell Stuckey 1 2% 3 5% -4%
LB Cordarro Law 0 0% 17 30% -30%
CB Steve Williams 0 0% 8 14% -14%

Wow, did the interior defensive line spend a lot of time on the sidelines. You can see from the distribution that the Chargers spent most of their time in nickel and dime packages. It was interesting that Attaochu did less to rest Freeney and more to keep Tourek Williams and Law off the field. Speaking of people named Williams, Steve has lost what little playing time he was getting to the rookie Chris Davis. Gachkar's snaps dropped a little, too, but not enough. He was brutal.