Good morning, Bolts From the Blue.
If I told you in August that Khalil Mack would set his career-high sack total and Keenan Allen would set career highs for receptions, yards, and touchdowns, you’d assume the Chargers had finally broken through their “Chargering” ways and won the division, right?
When Tom Telesco traded for Khalil Mack in 2022, he traded for a guy coming off his career low snap count after he ended the year on the IR so he could undergo foot surgery. There were questions about whether or not his body would begin to fall-off, and if recurring injuries would set in as they have with Joey Bosa. Instead, Mack has been a picture of reliability and consistency for the Chargers in his two seasons wearing powder blue. He’s only two sacks away from passing his career-high season sack total of 16, with six games remaining.
Keenan Allen has had a similar resurgence after missing many games last season. He is only 10 catches, 274 yards and one touchdown away from his career best numbers. Alarming, our only productive offensive skill position player sat out from practice a second straight day. There is no word yet on whether or not Allen plans on suiting up for the Patriots game.
Here is the rest of the injury report below. There are a lot of names on this list, but luckily most have been practicing in full.
And now, for today’s daily links:
Teammates and coaches talk about what kind of season Mack is having, and what he brings to the team (Chargers.com)
The media is heavily favoring the Chargers in their picks this week, with a few rebels picking the Patriots in an upset (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez identifies four Patriots to watch out for this weekend (Chargers Wire)
Dak Prescott is on an MVP trajectory, says “I have the pen, I have the paper and I’m the one writing (NFL.com)
Mike Evans is on pace to extend his record for most consecutive 1000 yard seasons to start a career (NFL.com)
A warrant was issued for Von Miller’s arrest for domestic charges against his pregnant girlfriend; he turned himself in and is currently released on bond (ESPN)
With all the holes in the Chargers 2024 roster, Josh Edwards believes a bonafide DT stud should be the Chargers’ priority (ESPN)
Jim Harbaugh is currently gaining rumor-mill momentum as Chicago, Carolina hires (The Sporting News)
Tyreek Hill to cover suspended photographer’s salary who was disciplined by the NFL for letting Hill use his phone in a touchdown celebration (Yahoo Sports)