We’re in Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season and the Chargers have played all but one game that was decided by eight points or less. It hasn’t mattered if it was one of their toughest opponents — like the Bucs or Saints — or if it was the lowly, winless Jets. This team is nothing if not consistent.
As always, here are the Chargers’ snap counts from this week’s game against the Jets.
- Just like Anthony Lynn wanted, Ballage got the majority of the work against his former team, playing 67% of the team’s snaps while Troymaine Pope was second for running backs with 20%. Joshua Kelley was effectively benched following his blown assignment that led to a blocked punt.
- This looked like the next best chance for the starting five offensive linemen to all play 100% of the snaps, but Turner sustained some type of a face injury that kept him out for a little more than a quarter of the snaps on Sunday.
- Seeing Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry play more than 90% of the snaps is fun to see. If anything, it shows that the team is continuing to make sure they give their best players the chance to make plays all throughout the game.
- Right away, the first thing that stands is Tevaughn Campbell playing 95% of the team’s snaps. Casey Hayward missed about a dozen snaps which forced Campbell to play outside during the game’s final drive. He forced the game-sealing incompletion and recorded his first professional interception which he returned for a touchdown.
- Denzel Perryman played 93% of the team’s defensive snaps on Sunday. That’s the second-highest mark for him in a game for his entire career. Kenneth Murray played 77%. While Murray didn’t play all that bad, I think this was the first game where the coaches decided to keep Murray’s plate a little lighter and gave Perryman — who’s been more effective as of late — more playing time as a reward.
- No matter how healthy or available Melvin Ingram has been, he hasn’t been worth keeping Uchenna Nwosu on the bench. The former second-round pick played just eight snaps against the Jets, which is his lowest amount of snaps since Ingram returned from IR. It’s been three games of the pass rush being mediocre and that hasn’t been enough to force the Chargers into making any drastic changes. What will?
- Badgley was a perfect 2-for-2 on the night, so that’s a win any day.
- The additions of Cole Christiansen and B.J. Bello looked to help on kickoff coverage, so I’d say they earn some more chances going forward.
- Joshua Kelley did a horrendous job on the team’s first punt, allowing Jets defensive lineman Trent Murphy to make the block. It was the second blocked punt for the Chargers in as many weeks, and I don’t see Kelley keeping that job much more after Sunday.