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Week 1 vs. WAS
Receiving: 6 / 92 / 0 on 11 targets
Chambers was Trent Green's favorite target. He had some drops but Green still trusted him and the two had definite moments of chemistry. Chambers was the primary target of Green's rare deep attempts, and he managed to haul in one of them for 28 yards---the longest play of the game for the Dolphins. While Chambers caught less than half of his targets, he still led the team in receiving yards and tied for the lead in receptions.
Week 2 vs. DAL
Rushing: 1 / -5 / 0
Receiving: 9 / 109 / 0 on 16 targets
Chambers was by far Green's favorite target. Green seemed to have a trust in him throughout the game. Chambers did a good job all game of running routes, often being targeted when the safety was spying on him. He did not drop any balls.
Week 3 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 6 / 101 / 0 on 12 targets
When the Dolphins fell behind in the second half Green targeted Chambers nine times. He gained 101 yards on six receptions but was held out of the end zone.
Week 4 vs. OAK
Receiving: 2 / 21 / 0 on 5 targets
Chambers was targeted six times, catching two of those passes for 21 yards. He caught a ball in the second quarter over the middle that went for 15 yards, however he was called on a penalty for delay of game when he tossed the ball. That play was nullified, further dampening his day. He was targeted deep on a desperation play by Trent Green, but was in tight coverage and the ball was picked off. Chambers had one drop.
Week 5 vs. HOU
Receiving: 2 / 19 / 0 on 4 targets
Chambers had a quiet game, getting only four targets and coming down with two catches for 19 yards.
Week 6 vs. CLE
Receiving: 6 / 73 / 0 on 18 targets
Chambers was the focal point of the passing offense for the Dolphins today. Despite being such a focal point for the offense, Chambers' game could almost be described as lethargic. Early in the first half, having beat cornerback Daven Holley on a deep go route, Chambers failed to either dive or hit top speed to come up with a well thrown ball from Cleo Lemon. The pass would have clearly led to a touchdown, but turned into an incompletion. Furthermore, Chambers seemed unwilling or unable to wrestle the ball from defenders or go over the middle to make a catch. Chambers only came up with six catches today, and some of the difference between targets and catches can be attributed to Cleo Lemon, but some of the difference also falls on Chambers and a lack of effort.
Week 8 vs. HOU
Receiving: 2 / 35 / 1 on 5 targets
Chambers got involved right at the outset, as he was the targeted player on the first two pass attempts of the game by Philip Rivers (one of which went for a 21 yard catch). He added a score later in the game on what was initially a simple crossing route over the middle. But some shoddy tackling, combined with a good amount of downfield blocking and some nice vision by Chambers, allowed him to walk into the end zone virtually untouched for the score. What was just as telling about Chambers' performance was the absolute lack of work for WR Vincent Jackson. Until this game, it was somewhat unknown how the two would work in tandem. If this was any indication, it would appear that Chambers is the team's clear number one receiver (and third option overall behind Gates and Tomlinson), and that Jackson will be left to fight for whatever scraps are left over.
Week 9 vs. MIN
Receiving: 5 / 59 / 0 on 10 targets
The stat line for Chambers doesn't look terrible, but it'd look a whole lot nicer with another 85 yards or so tacked on. Chambers was the recipient of a very nice 40 yard grab late in the fourth quarter as San Diego was attempting a comeback, but fellow WR Vincent Jackson was called for an illegal motion penalty that negated the Chambers catch. Chambers was also the target of a deep ball earlier from Rivers that was thrown right on the sideline. Unfortunately for Chambers, he lost the ball in the air when he turned towards the inside. It was unclear who was at fault for the miscommunication, though it doesn't really matter much because the bottom line is that Chambers lost about 30 yards or so on that play as well. The third instance of missed opportunity came in the form of a dropped 15 yard pass over the middle. The play wasn't entirely Chambers' fault, as he actually made a nice play to slide down and pick the ball off the turf. But he couldn't hang onto the ball as he hit the ground, and despite a San Diego challenge it was ruled an incomplete pass.
Week 10 vs. IND
Receiving: 2 / 17 / 0 on 3 targets
Chris Chambers caught two passes for 17 yards, on three targets. Though a dynamic deep threat, Philip Rivers did not look deep, rendering Chambers impact on the game as minimal. He started from the onset and was reported as developing a chemistry with Rivers and his other teammates, however that never came across throughout the game.
Week 11 vs. JAX
Receiving: 4 / 93 / 0 on 8 targets
The Chargers will be kicking themselves over wasting the efforts of Chris Chambers. He caught almost every pass he got his hands on, and would've had an even bigger game had it not been for a couple of penalties that wiped out 29 receiving yards early in the fourth quarter. Of course, one of the penalties was on Chambers himself, and it cost him ten yards. He made a fantastic leaping grab on a deep ball down the sideline early in the game. It was initially ruled incomplete, as it appeared Chambers had landed out of bounds after corralling the deflected pass on a jump ball. But replays showed his elbow had barely touched down inbounds, and he was credited with a 44 yard reception. He made another great catch late in the fourth quarter when he showed terrific hands on a crossing pattern over the middle when he was able to hold on despite taking a huge hit from the defender.
Week 12 vs. BAL
Receiving: 5 / 22 / 1 on 7 targets
Most of Chambers' receptions went for short gains. He had a touchdown catch when Rivers found him wide open in the end zone. He tied for second place in targets with Tomlinson.
Week 13 vs. KC
Receiving: 2 / 50 / 0 on 5 targets
Perhaps all he needed was to get out of Miami. Because since Chris Chambers has joined the Chargers, he has shown a propensity to hold onto just about every football that makes its way to his hands. He could have scored a 47 yard touchdown on the team's second possession in the game, but Philip Rivers was under pressure and barely had time to release the ball. He got it far enough downfield that Chambers was at least able to get 37 yards out of it. Later, Chambers made a tough grab alone the sideline in which he held onto the football despite taking a big hit in the process. Chambers, along with every other player not named LaDainian, had an extremely quiet and uneventful second half. The Chargers opted to run, run, run, and in the process they only threw the ball a paltry five times (with none of those passes going to a wide receiver).
Week 14 vs. TEN
Receiving: 4 / 90 / 0 on 10 targets
Chambers started off extremely slowly, with just one reception on three targets in the first half. In fact, he was extremely quiet until the last gasp drive of the game for San Diego. He converted a huge first down with a diving reception on a fourth and five pass. The ball looked to have hit the ground, and replays showed that it probably did --- but since it was ruled a catch on the field and there was no conclusive replay to show that it was incomplete, the original call stood. Chambers would go on to add another long reception on the drive, this time for 28 yards, to really put the Chargers in business. He finished with a game high 90 yards receiving, this despite having just 17 yards through the game's first 51 minutes of play.
Week 15 vs. DET
Rushing: 1 / 9 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 69 / 0 on 4 targets
Chambers has developed quite a nice chemistry with Philip Rivers in a very short period of time. Despite only seeing four passes thrown his way, he hauled in all four, including two of the rather spectacular variety. On his first reception down the sideline, Chambers jumped up and reached in front of the defender to make a tough grab. Later, he launched himself high in the air over the middle to make a very nice grab. He also caught a quick slant in traffic, a play on which he was able to withstand a big hit at the end and still hang onto the football. As we've mentioned for weeks, perhaps all Chambers needed was a legitimate quarterback to throw him the football all these years. His drops have become almost nonexistent, and he's making every play asked of him on the field.
Week 16 vs. DEN
Rushing: 1 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 71 / 1 on 5 targets
Once again, Chambers continued his outstanding run of consistency. In standard scoring leagues, Chambers has put up between seven and twelve fantasy points in every game but one since Week 10. Despite the Chargers barely throwing the ball in the entire second half (just once in the fourth quarter), Chambers put up very solid stats on very limited targets. Chambers managed to find the end zone in this game, though it wasn't without a bit of a close call. He caught the ball over the middle, dove towards the end zone, was hit in mid-air, momentarily juggled the ball, and then maintained possession as he hit the ground and rolled into the end zone. The play went for a score, but it was literally inches from being a fumble at the goal line.
Week 17 vs. OAK
Receiving: 3 / 49 / 1 on 6 targets
It took awhile, but Chambers finally dropped a long pass that nearly proved costly. Late in the first quarter, he allowed what would have been an easy 61 yard touchdown pass to go right through his hands for an incomplete pass. Philip Rivers fumbled on the very next play, which eventually led to a Raiders touchdown. Rather than allowing that play to be the statement on his afternoon, however, Chambers instead more than made up for the drop by out-jumping S Fabian Washington in the back corner of the end zone for a terrific leaping 18 yard touchdown from Rivers just before halftime (a score that would put the Chargers up for good).
Week 18 vs. TEN
Receiving: 6 / 121 / 0 on 11 targets
Chambers showed just how much of an impact player he still is on multiple occasions in this game. Perhaps more importantly, with a possible serious injury to TE Antonio Gates, Chambers is clearly going to be looked to as the number one option in the team's passing game as long as the team is still alive in the playoffs and Gates is out.
Chambers started by showing terrific hands on a 30 yard reception down the seam early in the second quarter, and continued with a wide open bomb for 39 yards in the fourth. Had the ball been thrown a bit further downfield, Chambers likely would have scored, but Rivers cannot really be blamed on the play since it wasn't even designed for Chambers anyway and the Chargers were much more concerned with picking up the first down on third and ten than they were with immediately scoring. Chambers had nearly scored earlier in the game on another deep ball, but S Michael Griffin tipped the ball away at the last moment.
Week 19 vs. IND
Receiving: 3 / 67 / 1 on 4 targets
In a very short time, Chambers has proven quite adept at making the most of limited opportunities. In this game, his first passing target came late in the second quarter and his first reception didn't come until after halftime. Of course, that first reception just so happened to be a 30 yard bomb for a touchdown down the left sideline. Chambers made a nice grab on the run and held on despite taking a big hit at the end of the play, something he has shown a propensity to do quite a bit. Later, he was the target of a pass on a third and 14 pass play. Chambers showed very nice hands in snagging the ball that was thrown at his side, and picked up the first down. That play was huge, because two plays later was the touchdown pass to Darren Sproles that put San Diego up 21-17.
Week 20 vs. NE
Chambers made a number of remarkable catches, and closed out his first campaign in San Diego with yet another quality performance in the postseason. He nearly scored in the first quarter on a pass in the back of the end zone in traffic that he somehow came down with inbounds. He actually caught the ball, but his foot had stepped over the line prior to leaping up for the pass. That play came just two plays after a tough sideline grab that he had to wrestle away from the defender. Early in the third quarter, he made an amazing grab along the sideline where he fully extended himself over the line and cradled the ball in very gracefully. Of course, the news wasn't all great for Chambers. He didn't do a very good job on the two interceptions thrown by Rivers. He was in position to break the pass up, but didn't get enough of his hands on the football and allowed the pass to be picked right in front of him. But if the worst thing a receiver does is not break up an interception, it's tough to say he had a bad game.