FBG says: Bad matchup. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers passing game are off to another solid start in 2018. The Chargers should get Travis Benjamin back this week after he missed last week, and that provides a nice increase to the Chargers who utilize Benjamin more of a decoy than as a receiving target as if you don't respect his speed they will throw the ball to the deep threat. Keenan Allen continues to be the focus of this offense, but after that the Chargers have shown that they will target whoever is open as Rivers does a tremendous job spreading the ball around whether it is to the pair of running backs in Austin Ekeler (8 receptions) and Melvin Gordon (15 receptions) or to the secondary receivers in Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams. One thing to watch is that Virgil Green got 74% of the snaps last week where Antonio Gates had just 19% of the snaps. This is something intriguing as Green has always had talent and now has 5 receptions in his first two games this year.
Simply put, this is a secondary that you want to avoid. While they have not faced the best offenses in football so far this season, the secondary led by Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib leaves very little options for quarterbacks on where to throw the ball. Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib have only allowed 37 total yards when they have been targeted which through two weeks is simply amazing. This is a unit that combined with one of the better slot corners in football in Nickell Robey-Coleman is one that you just want to avoid targeting against as it has a chance to be one of the best in a very long time.