Michael Peterson started the Top 10 defensive performances yesterday. Searching through the box scores there were so many highlight performances on offense. It’s tough to narrow it down and I’m still not sure we have it correct. You won’t see Melvin Gordon against the Patriots due to an 87-yard run that was the meat and potatoes of that performance. You will not see Austin Ekeler’s 2 touchdown performance against the Jags. There were a few Hunter Henry performances we had to leave off as well just because some guys put up gaudy numbers. Against the Raiders in the first match-up Henry had 5 catches for 90 yards. He had a big drop on 3rd & 10 however when the team was driving into the red zone. What you will see is Keenan Allen early and often. Same with El Captain. He had some games later in the season that were about as good as anyone at the position this year. Tyrell Williams had some sneaky good games as well but he also was propped up statistically by a couple 75-yard bombs. Don’t get me wrong, big plays are great! Consistency matters, though.
What else matters is winning. Which is another reason some of these performances might seem out of order to you. If a guy put up big numbers but it hardly contributed to a win, it’ll be low or you might not even see it. Vice versa. Tyrell’s 5 catch, 115 yard performance comes in ahead of Allen because he did it more efficiently. Allen had 5-138 but on 11 targets. Williams took 6. More importantly, Williams gave the offense a spark plug. He was timely. Allen did have the huge play in the 4th for 50 yards but his damage came when Philly was playing soft.
Up until Williams caught the 75-yard touchdown midway through the 2nd quarter, the Chargers hadn’t done anything offensively. The opening drive seemed promising but was cut short by a sack fumble. Next two possessions were punts.
The team takes over down 13-0 after giving up a field goal. One thing you cannot do is come out and punt for a 3rd time in a row. They didn’t have to worry about that.
The Chargers had the perfect call on for the defense the Eagles were in. What appeared to be an “Invert Cover 2.” So there was no safety help and with how fast Williams is, all Rivers had to do was let the speedster run under it.
The offense wasn’t able to generate points out of this next play, but it’s a 3rd & 14. You can’t help but appreciate the effort on this play. Chips the defensive end to ensure the deeper routes have time to get open. Ends up with the ball and makes a guy miss for a gain of 20 yards.
To give you an idea of how the team Chargers’d this one, Branden Oliver had 2 targets before Tyrell had another target. Which, his next one went for seven yards and kept them ahead of the chains and allowed them to pick up another first down.
It was an efficient day for Williams. He put the team on the scoreboard early. That kept them in it. That’s why he’s 10 on the list.