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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 3 at Buffalo Bills

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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 to the dominating win in Buffalo.

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The San Diego Chargers did not have a letdown after beating the Seattle Seahawks. Instead, they travelled East to Buffalo where they easily handled the Bills despite another injury to a key starter.

Let's start by taking a look at the offense.

Pos. Name W3 Snaps "% of Total W3" W2 Snaps "% of Total W2" "WoW% Change"
G Chad Rinehart 66 100% 82 100% 0%
C Rich Ohrnberger 66 100% 82 100% 0%
G Johnnie Troutman 66 100% 82 100% 0%
T D.J. Fluker 66 100% 82 100% 0%
QB Philip Rivers 66 100% 82 100% 0%
T King Dunlap 66 100% 73 89% 11%
WR Keenan Allen 65 98% 79 96% 2%
WR Malcom Floyd 59 89% 71 87% 3%
RB Donald Brown 59 89% 23 28% 61%
WR Eddie Royal 48 73% 57 70% 3%
TE Antonio Gates 42 64% 41 50% 14%
TE Ladarius Green 21 32% 26 32% 0%
TE David Johnson 14 21% 24 29% -8%
TE John Phillips 11 17% 23 28% -11%
RB Branden Oliver 6 9% 0 0% 9%
WR Seyi Ajirotutu 4 6% 5 6% 0%
RB Danny Woodhead 1 2% 38 46% -45%
RB Ryan Mathews 0 0% 23 28% -28%
T Willie Smith 0 0% 9 11% -11%
C Nick Hardwick 0 0% 0 0% 0%

One snap for Danny Woodhead. That's all it took, and now he's likely out for the rest of the season. Donald Brown carried the load at running back almost entirely by himself. The other backup, Branden Oliver, barely saw the field. It's hard to say why at this point. Was he not ready for a larger share of the carries or did the coaches simply not trust him to spell Brown? It seemed like Green played more this week, but in reality he was only targeted more frequently. This was the first game this season where the entire starting offensive line played every snap.

But what about the defense?

Pos. Name W3 Snaps "% of Total W3" W2 Snaps "% of Total W2" "WoW% Change"
FS Eric Weddle 70 100% 40 100% 0%
CB Shareece Wright 70 100% 40 100% 0%
CB Brandon Flowers 70 100% 0 0% 100%
SS Marcus Gilchrist 68 97% 40 100% -3%
LB Donald Butler 66 94% 37 93% 2%
LB Manti Te'o 59 84% 25 63% 22%
LB Dwight Freeney 49 70% 30 75% -5%
LB Jarret Johnson 48 69% 0 0% 69%
DE Corey Liuget 47 67% 34 85% -18%
DE Kendall Reyes 47 67% 30 75% -8%
LB Reggie Walker 30 43% 2 5% 38%
DT Sean Lissemore 26 37% 3 8% 30%
CB Richard Marshall 25 36% 37 93% -57%
CB Jason Verrett 22 31% 40 100% -69%
DE Lawrence Guy 20 29% 6 15% 14%
DE Tenny Palepoi 20 29% 6 15% 14%
LB Tourek Williams 15 21% 5 13% 9%
SS Jahleel Addae 11 16% 0 0% 16%
SS Darrell Stuckey 4 6% 4 10% -4%
LB Jeremiah Attaochu 1 1% 9 23% -21%
LB Kavell Conner 1 1% 0 0% 1%
LB Andrew Gachkar 1 1% 0 0% 1%
LB Melvin Ingram 0 0% 37 93% -93%
CB Steve Williams 0 0% 15 38% -38%

Wow. What happened to Jason Verrett's playing time? With Brandon Flowers back on the field, Verrett found himself back on the bench. We had hoped it would be Shareece Wright that found himself standing on the sidelines, but it was not to be. An injury kept the rookie sidelined. Jahleel Addae is apparently easing himself back into the starting lineup after recovering from injury, but will hopefully take more and more of Gilchrist and Marshall's playing time as he gets back up to speed.