The “old Chargers” reared their ugly head in week 6. Traveling from Los Angeles to Baltimore to take on an excellent Ravens team proved to be (far) too much for the Chargers. They lost 34 - 6 and at no point in the game looked like they had a chance or even wanted to compete.
Luckily, the Chargers are still in 1st place in the AFC West and now get to take a little extra time to recuperate and make adjustments and plans to fix their shortcomings for the rest of the season.
With that in mind, lets take a look at the snap counts for this week.
First the positives. We have another week where the Chargers were able to get all 5 of their offensive linemen to play 100% of the snaps. Even losing Bryan Bulaga and Oday Abushi this season, this is the healthiest the Chargers offensive line has been in a long time.
With Mike Williams being hurt going into the game, then getting hurt again during the game, he only played 36% of the snaps. Picking up that slack was Jalen Guyton playing 71% of the snaps and rookie Josh Palmer playing 52% of the snaps, season highs for both players. Unfortunately, this increased playing time did not result in increased production. The two players were targeted a total of 9 times and came down with only 2 catches for 23 total yards.
Joshua Kelley was active for the second time this season and only put together 7 yards on 4 carries with his 18 snaps. Justin Jackson meanwhile only played 8 snaps and earned 1 target that he caught for 7 yards.
After being benched last week, Asante Samuel Jr was back in the lineup heavily this week, joining Kyzir White, Derwin James, and Chris Harris Jr in playing the most snaps on defense. This was in large part due to Nasir Adderley being out and Chris Harris playing a healthy amount of Safety.
Michael Davis played a season low 55% of the snaps. I don’t remember him being injured so we will have to figure out why he didn’t play as much this week.
With Drue Tranquill and Kenneth Murray being injured, rookies Amen Ogbongbemiga and Nick Niemann filled in playing 58% and 26% of the snaps respectively. While they did struggle and weren’t as impactful as Tranquill and Murray, the pair combined for 12 tackles on defense, with Amen tying Derwin and Kyzir for the team lead with 8.
Not much to say about special teams this week, other than Tristan Vizcaino will hopefully be spending his bye week updating his resume.