WR Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-2, 206||Born: 4-27-1992||College: California||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2013|
2019 Week 1 vs IND (10 / 8 / 123 / 1 rec)
Allen was involved every which way in the passing game for the Chargers, and was a force from beginning to end. In the early portion of the game, it was Allen and Austin Ekeler getting nearly all of the passing game looks, with almost no involvement from any other player. And Allen was turning those opportunities into production. He made a terrific leaping grab for a touchdown with two defenders in the area (and one basically draped all over him). He did a great job using his body control to box out the defender, who actually appeared to have better position on the ball. But Allen boxed him out with his prolific catch radius to shield him from getting near the ball. After a mostly quiet third quarter, Allen got involved again in the early fourth quarter. A quick slant over the middle resulted in a 21-yard gain, and had a huge grab on third and 3 with the Chargers up by one score to get first down yardage. With the Chargers attempting the knockout punch, however, Rivers targeted Allen along the back line of the end zone for a potential touchdown. But the Indianapolis defender made a fantastic break on the football, picking it off one-handed and preventing the score. After the Colts tied and sent the game to overtime, Allen made an incredible catch that won't necessarily show up on the highlight reels. It was a low pass by Rivers, but Allen went lower to get his arms under the ball and pull it up to his chest. It was such a difficult catch, that every Colts defender in the area immediately signaled to the sideline to challenge the call since it seemed so unlikely that he had made a clean grab.
2019 Week 2 vs DET (15 / 8 / 98 / 0 rec)
Keenan Allen was a target monster against the Lions, leading the game with 15. Allen was peppered throughout the game, making catches all over the field. He could have had a bigger day but was overthrown twice by Philip Rivers. Allen got easy separation from defenders throughout the game. He was targeted in double coverage on a bad interception by Philip Rivers at the end of the game. With Mike Williams nursing an injury and the offense without Hunter Henry and Melvin Gordon, Allen should see no shortage of targets next week against the Houston Texans.
2019 Week 3 vs HOU (17 / 13 / 183 / 2 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Keenan Allen consistently dominated the Houston secondary in a loss on Sunday. Allen again peppered with targets and got his production all over the field. Houston gave Allen huge cushions on routes that led to big gains, but he also made multiple contested catches and created separation against press coverage. Allen created separation on his first touchdown on an out route in the red zone and made a defender miss after the catch on another red zone target that he scored on. Mike Williams has a role in the offense, but with little tight end presence and not much of a threat outside of Williams from the receiving corps, Allen is locked into a huge target share in the offense. He has the potential to overwhelm Miami next week on the road.
2019 Week 4 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
The Chargers were without a number of key contributors on offense coming into this game. That could have meant that the team would feed Allen more than usual. But it could also mean that the defense would key on him more than anyone else. This story line turned out to be the latter. Allen saw just six targets the entire game. Four different Chargers caught passes on the opening drive, but Allen didn't see a single one. His first touch was actually a handoff to the right side, so the team was at least trying to get him involved. He did manage to turn in some key receptions, including a huge third down conversion over the middle where he leapt high in the air to convert it. And another one picking up 20 yards on a 2nd and 21 in the second half where hf found a soft spot in the zone with four Miami defenders in the area. Allen nearly scored on a dumpoff in the flat, but two defenders managed to force him out at the 2-yard line before he could get in. Allen's biggest play of the game was one that didn't actually count. He snagged a wide open 69-yard touchdown reception up the right side, but part of the reason he was so wide open is because he was whistled for offensive pass interference on the play, negating the score. Replays show it may have been a bit of a dubious call, although there certainly was contact made on the play.
2019 Week 5 vs DEN (6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
On a day where Philip Rivers threw 48 pass attempts, it is extremely surprising that the team's number on receiving option saw just six targets. Much of that had to do with the Denver defensive scheme, with clearly game-planned to remove Allen as the man to beat them. He made a couple of nice grabs early on, but watched as Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler saw the lion's share of the passing game targets. Allen also had some rare miscues of his own. On one deep cross, Allen had a step on his defender, but he and Rivers weren't on the same page (Allen ran far but Rivers threw it underneath). And later, Allen had a rare drop on a sideline crossing route where he tried turning upfield before actually securing the ball. Aside from the miscues, Allen was really nowhere to be found despite the Chargers trailing the entire day.
2019 Week 6 vs PIT (6 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Allen was curiously quiet in this game after destroying the Steelers last year. He was the target on Philip Rivers first deflected interception, had a catch in the first half off of play action, another in the second half when Rivers moved up in the pocket, but overall was quiet and barely noticeable in this loss.
2019 Week 7 vs TEN (11 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Allen continued his shockingly quiet 2019 campaign with yet another substandard (for him) performance. He didn't play particularly poorly, but once again took a back seat to both Austin Ekeler and Hunter Henry in the passing game. Allen got open down the sideline on the first play of the game and Rivers fired him a bullet pass, but the defender made a tremendous break in closing back to the ball and deflecting it away. Soon after, Allen again got open over the middle. Rivers went high with the pass and Allen got a hand on it, but was unable to bring it in as he came down to the field. He finally made his first catch with just under four minutes left in the first quarter, a sliding grab over the middle for a nice gain. He then converted a long third down pass play by going high over the middle and shielding out the defender for the first down grab. Allen showed his athleticism on two catches close to one another, the first a tough sideline grab where he managed to drag his back foot along the sideline. And the second was ruled a catch along the sideline, but it was reviewed. Replays appeared to show his second foot missing the field, but officials presumably ruled that the bottom of his foot scraped across the grass. That catch put the ball inside the 5-yard line as Allen tried reaching out for the pylon, but didn't quite get there. But that was really the extent of Allen's involvement. He had a rare second half drop on one pass, and was the target of a 50-50 ball in the end zone on a sideline route, but the defender knocked it away and it never really had a chance.
2019 Week 8 vs CHI (10 / 7 / 53 / 0 rec)
Allen had a very busy afternoon, although not a very successful one. He was questionable to play coming in with a hamstring issue, and most observers felt he wasn't going to play. Once it was announced that he was playing, reports came with the caveat that he may be on a "limited snap count". Instead, Allen played the entire game and didn't really look any worse for wear in terms of any injury issues. About the only thing that looked out of the ordinary was the fact that he inexplicably fell down three times during the course of the game. The announcers speculated that he may have had the wrong shoes on, or that it could have been weakness in the hamstring. Whatever the reason, he fell down on his first target which nearly resulted in a Chicago interception. He then stumbled for the second time in three targets going over the middle on a play that could have gone for over twenty yards. Early in the second quarter, he converted the first Chargers first down of the game, moving well across the field with ease. Late in the game, he took an inside screen with blockers in front of him for a meager three yards. The reason why that play is noteworthy, is because he again stumbled just as he tried turning up the field (the play probably could have gone for 8-10 yards or more). Finally, he was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone that would have given the Chargers the lead. His defender mis-timed his jump and Allen had the ball sitting in his hands if he just secured the pass, but he allowed it to bounce off his forearms for a terrible drop. After the game, Allen apologized to fantasy owners on Twitter, letting them know that he "owes them".
2019 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Allen started the year on fire, with 29 receptions for 404 yards and three touchdowns over the first three weeks of the season. After several quiet games, owners were eager to expect him to break out again. But after Week 9, they are still waiting for that return to form. Despite the Chargers having very little trouble moving the ball through the air, Allen was again something of an afterthought. In the six games since that hot start, Allen has totaled 25 receptions for 253 yards without a score. He had a nice gain over the middle early in the first half, leaping between defenders for a 20-yard pickup. And he picked up another handful of shorter receptions as the game went along. But he saw just four targets as opposed to ten for Hunter Henry, who has seemingly supplanted Allen as the favorite target of Philip Rivers. Allen has simply disappeared for long stretches of gameplay over the last several weeks, without much explanation for why. Allen lost seven rushing yards after a holding penalty negated an end-around gain up the right side.
2019 Week 10 vs OAK (11 / 8 / 68 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
Allen finally saw the biggest workload of the Charger receivers again, but oddly he still wasn't able to really break out for that big game that has been lacking now since Week 3. On Allen's first two targets of the game, the ball was intercepted. On the first one, Allen was bumped along the sideline and the ball popped up in the air to the waiting arms of a defender (the Chargers were bailed out when the Raiders were whistled for pass interference). On the second one, Allen was wide open near the end zone but the pass from Philip Rivers simply sailed over his head for the easy pick. Soon after, Allen was given a direct handoff out of the backfield, and picked up 18 yards up the right side. Later in the drive, he made a short grab inside the 5-yard line and managed to get inside the 3 for the first down, but was nowhere close to the end zone. In the second half, he showed nice hands on a ball thrown a bit behind him to pick up seven yards and again get the team down to the 7-yard line. But once again, once they got close to the end zone Allen was an afterthought. Late in the fourth quarter, Allen picked up 30 yards on a crossing route to the left side but it was negated by a holding penalty against the Chargers. It's unlikely that the play would have been made without the hold to give Rivers time to find Allen. And Allen somewhat made up for that by picking up first down yardage on the ensuing play. The 68 yards were the most Allen has had since Week 3, but he still hasn't gone over 70 yards or a score now in the last seven games.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (11 / 8 / 108 / 1 rec)
It would be difficult to improve upon what he did a season ago, but Allen somehow looks even quicker and more athletic. He is playing at a slightly lighter weight than in 2017, and the result is that he looks very explosive. He had an abnormally quiet first half, but with the Chargers in catch-up mode in the second half, he really turned it on. At one point, he made a terrific leaping grab along the sideline to seemingly put the Chargers around the 3-yard line, but the officials correctly ruled that he had stepped out of bounds prior to the catch. That miscue negated a big play and a really awesome highlight-reel type of catch. But it mattered little to fantasy owners, because a couple of plays later he shook his defender free for a wide open touchdown from 20 yards out. He just ran right by him at the snap, and the defender was helpless to catch back up to him. He did the same thing late in the game to convert a 4th and 2 down to the 5-yard line. Allen was so fast off the line that defenders almost don't even have a chance to jam him. And with so many other Charger receivers having trouble hanging onto the football in this game, it was clear that Allen was one of the only players he trusted down the stretch.
2018 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Despite leading all players in both receptions and receiving yardage, it was still a relatively quiet game for Allen. He had zero targets until the 8:30 mark of the second quarter, when he grabbed a wide open reception over the middle. He later added a second catch over the middle on a really well-run route that he took down inside the 5-yard line. It was more of the same in the second half, with Allen doing all of his damage over the middle. Once again he had a catch that took him inside the 5-yard line, this time diving ahead towards the goal line. But he was stopped just shy. He would have been targeted on an ensuing back shoulder out route from Philip Rivers, but the play was whistled dead for Buffalo having too many men on the field, so the resulting play never officially happened. On the last competitive play of the game, Allen fielded the onside kick attempt and tried returning it the other way. He got as far as the Buffalo 23-yard line, when he was taken down from behind.
2018 Week 3 vs LAR (7 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Allen's day began and ended very inauspiciously, and it wasn't all that great in the middle either. His first target of the game resulted in a rare drop on a crossing route over the middle. Allen started turning upfield before he had fully secured the ball. The Chargers tried getting creative a little while after, using Allen on a WR option pass. But the Rams defenders had it so well-covered, that Allen was forced to tuck the ball away and lose yardage on the play so he didn't risk an interception. Fortunately for the Chargers, he shook loose from his defender on the very next play and picked up 25 yards to convert a 3rd and 17 situation. He made a leaping catch between two defenders, expertly using his body to shield off the back defender from the ball and haul it in while taking a hit. In the second half, he ran a quick comeback route for a nice first down gain, but he tried fighting just a bit too hard for extra yardage and the ball was ripped away as he was lunging for the first down (it was recovered by the Rams). And then finally late in the game, Allen was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone. The defender barely got a hand on it to knock the ball away at the last moment, but more importantly, Allen came up limping after the play and headed for the sideline. There was no immediate update on his condition after the game.
2018 Week 4 vs SF (10 / 7 / 63 / 0 rec)
Despite team-leading receptions and receiving yardage, Allen had another relatively quiet game. He had a few short receptions over the middle that didn't go for much yardage, then finally picked up 18 on an out route to the sideline late in the first quarter. In the second half, he was shown walking to the sideline holding his arm in obvious pain following a reception. There were no updates on his condition right away, and he re-entered the game again before the announcers could comment on it. He even threw a block attempt on a pass intended for Antonio Gates, so it would stand to reason that his arm was fine (if that is what he injured in the first place).
2018 Week 5 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 90 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Allen didn't seem to be having a big day, as most of his receptions were open grabs over the middle and none of them going for huge yardage. He was consistently Rivers' safety blanket, but he didn't have any game-breaking catches. But then at the end of the day, he once again led the team in receptions and receiving yardage, so it was more quantity than quality for him in this one. He hasn't had a truly explosive game since Week 1, but it would stand to reason that the breakout performances aren't too far off considering his usage patterns.
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec, 4 / 41 / 0 rush)
It wasn't the huge breakout performance his owners were hoping for, but Allen had a very effective afternoon overall. Nearly half of his yardage came on the ground, with four different end-around handoffs that Cleveland simply had no answers for whatsoever. He actually had a fifth handoff that went for 26 yards, but it was negated by a holding penalty on Virgil Green. The hold was in the area of the gain, but it seemed like Green could have just held his ground without holding and it still would have been a big gain anyway. Allen had a few nice gains in the passing game as well, but with the Chargers sticking to the ground so much there just weren't as many opportunities. Allen also had a few blunders in the game, none of which ended up costing the team anything. He made a very poor threw back to Philip Rivers on an attempted flea-flicker, which got away from him but eventually recovered by Austin Ekeler. Shortly after that, he muffed a punt return attempt but then recovered it himself. And finally, he took a quick screen inside and ran into his own blocker (pretty hard actually). But he managed to regroup enough to dart outside and pick up a nice gain for the first down.
2018 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Allen is still waiting for his big breakout game of 2018. With two early receptions for nice yardage on the team's second possession (the first one a wide open 24-yard gain over the middle), it appeared that he was poised for a huge afternoon. But the Titans ran several sustained drives in the first half, rendering the Chargers largely to the sidelines for long stretches of time. In the second half, Allen remained active but just couldn't shake some of the double teams. That opened up avenues for other players, but it did little for Allen's bottom line. On one red zone possession, Allen was lined up wide to the right with an apparent double team. At the snap, one defender backed off while Allen beat the other one to the corner of the end zone and got wide open. But Rivers had already looked to Mike Williams on a quick attempt. Allen became incensed, throwing a mini-tantrum in the end zone and then kicking over a pylon. He was also seen yelling at someone on the sideline, a clear sign that he may be getting frustrated with some of his lack of involvement. However, later in the game he was seen talking to Rivers on the sideline and everything seemed fine between them. Allen also pounced on the onside kick attempt by Tennessee at the end of the game, sealing the victory for the Chargers by diving and covering up the ball.
2018 Week 9 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 124 / 0 rec, 2 / 28 / 0 rush)
Owners who have been patiently waiting for Allen to break out, were finally rewarded in this game. While he once again failed to get into the end zone, Allen turned in a game high six receptions against the Seattle defense and dominated the middle of the field. He even added rushing yardage for good measure, courtesy of a couple of jet sweep handoffs (one of which came on the first play of the game from scrimmage for the Chargers, and went for 28 yards). Allen's biggest play of the game came early on with the Chargers facing a 3rd and 15 from the shadow of their own end zone. Allen got loose behind the defense for a 54-yard bomb down the seam. He used a double move to beat his man, and the safety was caught looking underneath. Allen again shook loose over the middle on a crossing route that went for 23 yards into Seattle territory. Allen went over 100 yards receiving on the first play of the second half. He did a nice job of getting his hands underneath an underthrown quick out where he had to dive forward. Allen then got up and picked up a few more yards after the catch. Both Tyrell and Mike Williams got into the end zone for the Chargers, something that has eluded Allen most of the season. But it's not because those players are seeing more targets than Allen. The Chargers just happen to be scoring longer touchdowns this year, and Allen is more of a factor in the short to intermediate passing game. There were no real scoring opportunities from that range in this game, as all three offensive touchdowns were of the "big play" variety.
2018 Week 10 vs OAK (9 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec)
After spending most of the season as a high-floor receiver, Allen has rebounded in the past two games to become a fantasy force once again. While his yardage and reception output left something to be desired, he managed to find the end zone in this game. He had been having a quiet first half, but he shook his defender and got open along the end zone sideline. Philip Rivers put it in a spot where only Allen could get to it, and Allen did a great job of sliding to the ground and dragging his back foot behind him to stay in for the score. With the Raiders gaining a tiny bit of momentum early in the fourth quarter, Allen also did a nice job on a comeback route to pick up a first down. Allen nearly had a first down grab early on, but he uncharacteristically fell coming out of his break and the ball was almost picked off (Allen managed to get his hand up to deflect it away). He was also the target on a deep ball that ended up getting intercepted, a play he never really had a chance on even though it was technically a 50-50 ball (the defender had perfect position the entire time, and the throw was ill-advised).
2018 Week 11 vs DEN (12 / 9 / 89 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Allen was extremely busy once again, as he has clearly resumed his mantle as the go-to guy for the Charger passing offense. He continuously got wide open over the middle of the field, and Rivers put it precisely where it needed to be to get the most out of his routes. Late in the first half with Rivers under heavy duress, Allen beat his defender who fell to the ground. Getting wide open along the back of the end zone, Rivers bought himself enough time to find Allen for the score. In the second half it was more of the same, as Allen got open almost at will over the middle. None of his receptions resulted in big yardage down the field as per usual, but his nine receptions set a new season high.
2018 Week 12 vs ARI (7 / 7 / 72 / 1 rec)
After a two-month drought without a touchdown, Allen has now scored in three games straight. Allen had two highlight catches, one a deep out route with a toe tap down to the goal line. Later, Allen hugged the sideline on a goal line touchdown, maintaining his balance through the catch. Allen, like most of the Chargers' starters, had his production front loaded with the offense taking their foot off the pedal in the fourth quarter of the blowout win.
2018 Week 13 vs PIT (19 / 14 / 148 / 1 rec)
Allen had his best game of the season by far, dominating the Steelers throughout the contest. They appeared content to cover Allen with a linebacker for the majority of the afternoon, but 14 receptions for 148 yards later shows that that may not have been the best strategy. Allen caught three passes on the opening drive, and never let up from there. On the opening drive, he showed off his remarkable concentration and athleticism simultaneously on a diving grab. He slipped to the turf, got up and somehow re-located the football, then made a lunging grab just shy of the first down marker. That play was one of a small handful of missed opportunities. He was targeted on a deep crossing route near the sideline later in the half, but it was just out of reach. And he also dropped a pass earlier in the half when he tried to run before he had secured the ball. But that's about it as far as negatives. In the second half, it was total domination by Allen. He picked up a big gain in the flat, beating a tackle to pick up a few yards after the fact. Then he added his touchdown, which was equal parts luck and skill. The pass from Philip Rivers appeared headed for an interception in the end zone, but two Steeler defenders collided with one another, sending the ball spinning in the air. Allen remarkably maintained concentration and snagged the ball, keeping control of it as he went to the ground for the score. He stood up grinning, perhaps knowing that it was a bit more luck than skill on that particular score. Following a punt return touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Allen broke free on a crossing route for the game-tying two point conversion. It was the first of his many key contributions that quarter that put the Chargers in position to win. With Steeler fans loud and trying to swing momentum back to their side following a big hit of Austin Ekeler, Allen calmly hauled in a key reception over the middle to quiet the crowd. He then added an amazing diving grab of a seemingly errant pass from Rivers, picking up the first down and possibly saving an interception in the process. And then on the final scoring drive, Allen had perhaps the key reception in the game when he converted a 3rd and 4 just past the sticks to pick up a first down and keep the drive alive. That drive would eventually result in a game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock.
2018 Week 14 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 78 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Allen's first target came at the conclusion of the team's opening drive, culminating in a touchdown to him along the sideline of the end zone. He beat his man off of a double move, and Philip Rivers lofted a perfect floater along the back sideline. Allen actually didn't get both feet inbounds since he was hit as he caught it, but he did manage to drag his knee across the turn to make it count. The remainder of the first half, he was consistently able to get open against the suspect defense of Cincinnati. It didn't help that the Chargers often started off with very poor field position, so they didn't have very many sustained drives. But he did a nice job nonetheless. He was again targeted near the goal line later in the half and looked like he had a step on the defender, but the ball was tipped at the line for an incompletion. Allen was much quieter in the second half as both teams attacked one another on the ground, but he did make an outstanding fingertip grab on a ball thrown right over his head. He had gotten open deep down the seam, and stretched out to pluck it out of mid-air while also picking up some yardage after the catch for a 37-yard pickup.
2018 Week 15 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Allen injured his hip on a corner route in the end zone that nearly went for a score. He was held on the play, juggled the ball a few times as he was lying on the ground, and actually managed to haul it in. But his shoulder was just over the sideline when he eventually gained control. He got up and walked off the field very gingerly with the hip injury. He was checked out in the tent on the sideline and returned to the game in the middle of the second quarter. He only returned for one play, however, before exiting again. He was back on the sideline in the second half, but was never a consideration to bring him back into the game.
2018 Week 16 vs BAL (8 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Considering the quality of the opponent, Allen hitting his usual floor can be seen as something of a positive. On a day when almost nothing went right for the Chargers offensively, Allen at least turned in a respectable effort. And perhaps most importantly, he looked completely healthy after missing most of last week's game with a hip injury. Allen and Rivers miscommunicated on his first target of the game, as Allen wasn't looking when the ball was thrown his way (it would have been stopped well short of the first down). Soon after, he hauled in a 27-yard reception deep down the sideline but it was negated by a dubious offensive pass interference penalty against Allen. Replays showed that he did put a hand on the defender, but the player slipped largely due to field conditions. Allen was still arguing the call and failed to get set prior to the next play, so he was flagged for an illegal motion penalty to negate a 28-yard pickup by Mike Williams. Allen also lost a first down catch on a third and 5 that was negated by a holding penalty. Allen wasn't able to get much done down the field for the majority of the game, hauling in some short crossing routes and slants that didn't really move the ball down the field much. Late in the game, he jumped for a key 17-yard catch in traffic to keep the drive alive which was by far his (and the Chargers') longest play of the game.
2018 Week 17 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Allen had a mostly quiet afternoon, along with most of the Charger passing offense. The game was largely won on the defensive side of the ball, as the Los Angeles offense has stagnated in recent weeks. Allen lost a potential 26-yard touchdown after his phenomenal individual effort was canceled out by a penalty. He twisted his body to contort himself to grab a floater near the goal line. It appeared as if he hit the pylon while going to the ground for what would have been a score, but a tripping penalty against Justin Jackson negated that. Allen later grabbed a crossing route to pick up 21 yards right to the doorstep of the end zone. It looked like he lunged over the goal line for the score, but there were no good replays to confirm it, so he was ruled out of bounds. Austin Ekeler scored on the next play.
2018 Week 18 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Keenan Allen had a quiet game against the Ravens. The game plan was conservative as the Chargers got an early lead and the Ravens struggled to move the ball. Allen made a strong catch on a high point along the sideline but was otherwise held to short area catches. Allen also dropped a downfield target from Rivers that was wobbling because of contact on Rivers at the point of the throw. Allen will look to bounce back next week at New England.
2018 Week 19 vs NE (6 / 2 / 75 / 1 rec)
Keenan Allen scored a long touchdown on a blown coverage on the first drive of the game against New England. Allen virtually disappeared after the reception as he was the focus of the New England defensive game plan and saw coverage from Stephon Gilmore. Allen was targeted on a Rivers interception where Rivers underthrew Allen on a cover route that Gilmore was covering underneath. Allen nearly scored another touchdown on his only other official reception on a deep pass down the seam but was ruled down just short of the end zone. He added a 2 point conversion after the Chargers scored on the drive.
2017 Week 1 vs DEN (10 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)
A year removed from a torn ACL, Allen re-staked his claim as the top option in the Los Angeles passing game. He didn't have a great game, and even suffered a couple of rare drops, but he made his presence felt with a lot of activity. The volume of passes that went in his direction is all the evidence we need that he is the go-to guy for Philip Rivers. Allen did most of his work over the middle of the field as usual, with a healthy dose of slants and crossing patterns. On his lone deep target, he was able to draw a pass interference penalty on the play. His next-longest target was a mid-range pass that went for a second half touchdown. Allen broke off the line on a slant and got wide open in the back of the end zone for the easy score, but was whistled for a personal foul penalty after it appeared he tossed the ball at a Denver defender. There didn't appear to be any plays where Allen really tested his surgically-repaired knee, as his lone visibly hard cut back came on his left leg. If he isn't 100% recovered from his injury last year, he appears to be extremely close.
2017 Week 2 vs MIA (10 / 9 / 100 / 0 rec)
Allen has picked up right where he left off prior to his knee injury, leading the team in both receptions and yardage. And as was the case pre-injury, he appears to be almost uncoverable at times. Allen did most of his damage over the middle of the field as usual, but did make one nice grab a little deeper down the seam (still in the middle of the field, but not his typical crossing route or slant or comeback). He got into the soft part of the zone for 24 yards to take the ball down to the 4-yard line with a very nice route. Later he added another big yardage play, most of which came after the catch, on a crossing route. Throughout the game, he showed excellent body control and good moves in the open field. On the potential game-winning drive, he hauled in a quick slant over the middle for a huge pickup that took the ball to the 26-yard line, a spot that set up the eventual field goal attempt (which was missed).
2017 Week 3 vs KC (9 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Allen was once again plenty busy, but he didn't have very many game-breaking opportunities to work with. He ran a few of his typical quick slants and crossing routes, fighting with defenders for extra yards and picking up yards after the catch on nearly every reception. And he got more red zone work than any of his counterparts, hauling in one reception down to the 3-yard line, another that drew a pass interference right at the goal line, and another that was a jump ball in the end zone from close range that was knocked away incomplete. He did show some uncharacteristic strength on two second half receptions. The first featured a battle with the defender where he stumbled to the ground. He had enough body control to pick himself back up, fight for positioning to grab the pass, and take off up the field for decent yardage. And the next, a deep crossing route for 18 yards that again featured good strength after the catch to fight for yardage.
2017 Week 4 vs PHI (11 / 5 / 138 / 0 rec)
Allen simply continues to make more and more strides towards regaining the form that found him as one of the best weapons in the game. He continues to abuse defenses over the middle on both slants and crossing routes (both short and deep). He showed some rare outside speed in this one too, shaking a defender with a terrific sell off the line, connecting up the left sideline on a perfectly-thrown ball by Rivers to pick up 49 yards. Allen nearly punctuated his first half with an end zone connection. But despite clearly being shoved by a Philadelphia defender in the end zone, pass interference was not called. In the second half, he added yet another big play featuring a ton of work after the catch when he plucked a ball out of mid-air over the middle on a deep cross. After the catch, there was almost nothing but space in front of him. He took off up the right side and was finally dragged down just outside the 10-yard line after a pickup of 50 yards.
2017 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Allen led the team in targets against the Giants, but squandered his volume opportunity with three dropped passes (one in the end zone) and Philip Rivers missing him in the end zone on another occasion. Allen nearly made a highlight reel highpoint reception down the sideline, but could not control the pass to the ground. Allen did not log a reception until the second half with all of his receptions coming on third down.
2017 Week 6 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Allen had a relatively quiet game. He was involved in terms of targets and usage, but most of it was early on and he didn't seem able to get open at will as he has so often done this season. His first few receptions were very short, most of them shy of the first down markers, and he wasn't getting a ton of separation. He finally shook free over the middle for a 28-yard strike deep down the field, following it up with a nice diving grab on a later 3rd and 9 grab near the sideline. He did a great job of keeping his route alive, reaching out to snatch a pass heading outside while keeping his body inbounds. It was a terrific throw, and a really nice adjustment as well on the catch.
2017 Week 7 vs DEN (7 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Allen was questionable to play with a shoulder injury, but was declared fit to play earlier in the day. After a relatively quiet start, he connected on an 19-yard reception down inside the 5-yard line that went for 18 yards. He used a crossing route, and the defenders lost track of him as he streaked towards the sideline. Allen tried diving in at the pylon for the score, but came up several yards shy. His other two receptions totaled just 22 yards, but one of them was a terrific diving grab over the middle featuring a nearly full extension layout on the play.
2017 Week 8 vs NE (5 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Allen, like everyone else in the Charger passing game, was quiet prior to halftime. In the second half, he came alive a bit. He had a couple of really nice sideline catches, using his body to shield defenders and demonstrating his excellent balance. But he never did make that big reception to break the defense (although he did draw a long pass interference penalty early in the fourth quarter that put the Chargers about thirty yards closer to the end zone).
2017 Week 10 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Allen did not see many targets as he was matched up with Jalen Ramsey during most of the game, but he made the most out of the targets he did get. He converted several third downs on zone beating inside option routes and showed great awareness for the markers and in his routes. His biggest play came on a 19-yard corner route where he beat Jalen Ramsey and stayed in bounds against contact.
2017 Week 11 vs BUF (13 / 12 / 159 / 2 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Allen was simply unstoppable in this game. His first touch of the game was actually a handoff, which just goes to show the various ways in which he was deployed as an offensive weapon. He caught crossing routes by beating defenders off the line, he caught slants over the middle, he ran free in the secondary on just about every single Buffalo blitz, and nearly every reception he made was followed by a trail of defenders chasing him down, who weren't even in the frame when he first caught the ball. He scored twice before halftime, the first coming on a tremendous individual effort. He made a nice adjustment on a back shoulder fade sort of near the middle of the field. There were defenders all around the surrounding area, but Allen was the only one to find the ball. As he caught it and spun, he dove into the end zone to complete the 21-yard score. His second touchdown was even more difficult. He caught a designed screen from inside the 5-yard line. Defenders met him outside the end zone around the 1 or 2 yard line and seemingly stopped him, but he stretched the ball for the goal line. Initial replays appeared to confirm that the ball had crossed the plane prior to his knee touching down, but one replay then appeared to show the ball inches short with his knee on the ground. But after review, officials ruled it a touchdown anyway and the call stood. Allen wrapped up the first half with an incredibly nine receptions for 123 yards and those two scores. He added a handful of grabs in the second half, much like the first, but with the team up so big and the Buffalo offense showing no signs of life, the Chargers took their foot off the pedal and Allen's production slowed. But he looks to be fully recovered from last year's knee injury, and could be a key for fantasy owners down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs with performances like this.
2017 Week 12 vs DAL (14 / 11 / 172 / 1 rec)
Allen set a new career high with 172 receiving yards against the Cowboys on a season-high 14 targets. The connection between Philip Rivers and Allen was pronounced as the pair accounted for 42% of Rivers' pass attempts where Hunter Henry was a distant second on the team with 15%. Allen was unstoppable for much of the game, posting a strong start with three catches in the opening quarter, including a contested seam reception and more than 10 yards of after-the-catch yardage on a short hitch route of note. As the game progressed, Allen was a critical element to the Chargers ultimately pulling away for the comfortable road win. Allen drew a fourth down defensive pass interference penalty, another on a critical third down, and eluded multiple defenders on his highlight third down long touchdown. In addition to Allen's two draw interference penalties beyond the box score, Allen also dropped a comeback route target. Between those three plays, Allen was an easy candidate for 200+ yards. After a touchdown drought of eight games in the middle of the season, Allen is one of the hottest wide receivers in the NFL with 23-331-3 over the last two weeks on a gaudy 27 targets. The Browns pose another exploitable matchup next week.
2017 Week 13 vs CLE (14 / 10 / 105 / 1 rec)
Over the last several games, Allen has staked his claim as arguably the best route-running receiver in the league, as well as one of the best overall just in general. He posted another outstanding stat line today, and appears to be nearly uncoverable. The rapport that he has with Philip Rivers is something rare to see, and not many QB/WR combos in the league are on the same page as frequently as these two appear to be. It's almost a broken record at this point; Allen showed tremendous hands on a leaping catch away from his body where he snagged it out of mid-air. Allen continuously beat his man over the middle on crossing routes and slants. Allen is the focal point of one of the hottest offenses in the league, and yet still finds himself wide open time and time again. Twice he was targeted in the end zone on fade passes (on one of them, he had the ball in his hands and just needed to land, but the defender played it perfectly to knock it away just before his feet touched down), and once more he took a screen pass inside the 10-yard line where he just needed to beat one man for the score. And yet despite all these near-misses, he STILL managed to get into the end zone for his owners on a second half pattern. First he had to haul in the 26-yard gain on a 4th and 4 deep ball down the sideline (fortunately making a great individual effort to bring it in). And then once in the red zone, he made a tremendous break off the line to get his defender leaning one way before darting back the other direction for the wide open score over the middle. Late in the game, Allen caught a quick screen and had the ball jarred loose by a defender, but fortunately for Allen and the Chargers, Hunter Henry was right there to pounce on the ball for the recovery. Allen was targeted on one more fade pattern in the corner of the end zone, but it was overthrown a bit and had no chance to be brought in.
2017 Week 14 vs WAS (8 / 6 / 111 / 0 rec)
Allen was once again the team's leading receiver, putting up a game-high six receptions and another 100-yard performance (111). And his stat line could have been even better, as he missed out on a touchdown by a yard. Allen and Rivers were on the same page very early on, as Allen turned to bring in a sideline floater down the sideline on the team's first drive. Soon after that catch, he looked on his way to the corner of the end zone on a catch out of the backfield. But before he could get to the pylon and fight the defenders in the area, he lost his footing a few yards shy. He looked open on the next play too, but the bullet pass from Rivers was too far in front of him in the front corner of the end zone and never had a chance to be completed. In the second half, Allen broke loose down the seam on a flea-flicker. The Rivers pass finally came down 51 yards later just inside the 5-yard line, but Allen stumbled as he hauled in the very difficult catch. As he slid on the ground, he ended up just about a yard shy of the end zone, but was touched down by the trailing defenders just before he could roll in for the score. Melvin Gordon scored on the very next play.
2017 Week 15 vs KC (8 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Allen was in the midst of the best stretch of his career with four straight 100-yard performances coming in. But he couldn't really get going in this game, with his long gain going for just 15 yards. He nearly made a nice sideline grab on the opening drive, but couldn't quite keep his toes inbounds. In the second half, he hauled in a wide open floater to convert a third down with nobody around him. But other than that, his name wasn't really called much. And late in the contest, he was seen being carted to the locker room with what was termed a back injury. There were no immediate updates on his condition after the game.
2017 Week 16 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Allen led the team with 10 targets against the Jets. While Allen did not break a long gain or see any optimal touchdown opportunities, Allen functioned as the steady chain-mover with his receptions. Allen broke a tackle on a short hitch for after-the-catch yardage and iced the game in the closing minutes with a longer reception between defenders. Allen did add a drop on third down to his performance and was stuffed on a swing route.
2017 Week 17 vs OAK (12 / 9 / 133 / 1 rec)
Allen had a pair of penalties early, but atoned with a fumble recovery that he took to the end zone for a score. He reeled in a deep ball in the second quarter, and also scored a short touchdown to close out the first half scoring. In the second half, Allen continued to be productive as a #1 receiver in both the short and long passing game.
2016 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)
Allen was putting together a very impressive game with 6 catches for 63 yards before going down with an apparent knee injury. Allen was carted off the field and early reports point to an ACL tear that could sideline him for the rest of the season. Allen figured to be Rivers top target all year and will leave a big void in the Chargers offense.
2015 Week 1 vs DET (17 / 15 / 166 / 0 rec)
Not much needs to be said about Allen's performance in this game. This isn't usually the case, but one look at the stat sheet shows you all you need to know. He truly was that dominant. He set career highs in both receptions and receiving yardage, and absolutely crushed Detroit in the middle of the field. He got open almost at will, easily getting open on comebacks and slants off the line of scrimmage. He showed great hands on one particular reception, falling away from the defender and snatching it out of the air near the sideline. Allen also had a 1-handed catch on a ball thrown well behind him that he pinned against his leg. In short, he couldn't be stopped. He brought in all but two of the targets intended for him, though one of those was pretty bad. On a crossing route, he looked away for a brief moment to see where the defender was. In doing so, it disrupted the timing and he wasn't able to turn his head back around in time to find the pass, which bounced off of him and into the waiting arms of a Detroit defender for an interception. But that was early on, and everything he did after that was outstanding, and he looks to be back to his rookie year form if not better.
2015 Week 2 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Allen's afternoon started off rough, as he muffed a punt on what would have started off San Diego's first possession. Instead, Cincinnati retained possession of the football, which led to a touchdown. Allen then kind of disappeared from the offense, with his first target and reception coming with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. Soon after, he had trouble bringing in a high pass on a curl route (a pass that probably should have been caught). He was unable to gain much separation most of the game, a far cry from last week's career-best effort. As one final nail in the coffin on his game, he was targeted on the two point conversion attempt that would have put the Chargers down 3. It was a designed screen, but he was hit almost as soon as he caught the ball and dropped behind the line of scrimmage. That play was very significant, because it meant the Chargers needed a touchdown and not just a field goal on their last-gasp drive. And that may have played a part in Philip Rivers forcing a pass deep down the middle of the field to try to get into "touchdown range" as precious seconds ticked away, rather than picking and choosing his spots to set up a makeable field goal.
2015 Week 3 vs MIN (18 / 12 / 133 / 2 rec)
After a rare quiet game last week, Allen stormed back with a vengeance in this game. He is getting as much work as just about any receiver in the league, and making defenses pay. In this one, he found the end zone for the first two times this season (albeit one of those coming in garbage time). He also showed tremendous moves after the catch in the open field, as the Vikings had very few answers for him. Late in the first half, he hauled in a deep ball down the left sideline as defenders crashed into one another around him. He simply split the defenders, and waltzed into the end zone untouched for the score. In the second half, he piled up receptions in garbage time including another touchdown on a deep slant. To get an idea of how much work he saw in the game, realize that Allen saw 18 targets in the game and the rest of the team saw just 22 total targets COMBINED.
2015 Week 4 vs CLE (7 / 4 / 72 / 1 rec)
Allen had a solid if not spectacular game, although he did reel in one of the more impressive touchdowns in recent San Diego memory. After what looked to be a catch/fumble on the second play of the game (it was ruled he never had possession), Allen demonstrated that play was a fluke by hauling in a long touchdown with a high degree of difficulty. He made a clean break past the defender, watched the ball from Philip Rivers all the way into his hands, and dove with outstretched arms for the front corner of the end zone, rolling over with the ball for an incredible touchdown reception. That play gave the Chargers the first pre-fourth quarter lead of the entire 2015 season. Later in the half, Allen misread Rivers, a rare occurrence for both of them. But they were back on the same page in the second half, as Allen took the opening pass of the third quarter for 31 yards up the right sideline. He would go on to draw a pass interference penalty later in the game on a key third down pass play when he was dragged down from behind. And Allen was one of three players to see targets on the team's game-winning field goal drive.
2015 Week 5 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec)
Allen could have capped his night with a long catch and run touchdown on a crossing route that came together beautifully late in the game, but was batted down at the line. Otherwise, Allen was mainly involved on the two minute drive that ended in a missed field goal and the ill-fated drive that ended in a pick six. Allen also had a fumble that was wiped out by a penalty. The return of Gates has to be seen as a bad thing for Allen, who seems to be behind Gates in the scripted play section of the game.
2015 Week 6 vs GB (15 / 14 / 157 / 0 rec)
The story of this game for Allen should have been the record-setting display he put on, and his utter dominance of this game. Unfortunately, he left the game with a hip injury in the second half and so that takes huge priority in terms of headlines. Prior to the injury, Allen was simply uncoverable. He made diving catches over the middle, he snagged slant routes and crossing patterns. He hauled one in down the seam for 38 yards, reaching up over his head and perfectly boxing out the defender. He followed that one up with a lunge near the sideline, complete with a toe-tap to dot the line and remain inbounds. He even appeared to have scored, but even though he made contact with the ball in the end zone, it was ruled that he hadn't gained complete control of the ball until he was out of the end zone (he was coming back to the ball a bit, so his momentum carried him OUT of the end zone instead of into it). En route, he hauled in six receptions on this team's first two possessions, and became the first player since Danny Amendola in 2012 to record 11 receptions in the first half of an NFL game. In the midst of this career game, he came up lame after yet another third down conversion resulted in a first down. He grimaced upon getting up, but managed to walk to the locker room under his own power. He returned to the field of play a couple of plays later and seemed to be moving around fine, but shortly after that he went back out for good. It was reported as a hip injury and was questionable to return, but his body language showed that he was done for the day. We'll update you throughout the week on his condition and availability for next week's game.
2015 Week 7 vs OAK (13 / 9 / 89 / 0 rec)
Allen was the second-most targeted Charger, and led the team in yardage. He's already the clear go-to guy on this team, but with tight end Antonio Gates on the shelf with a knee injury, Allen was even more of a focal point. In usual Allen fashion, he did the majority of his damage on crossing routes and slants over the middle of the field. There just wasn't much room down the field to break many long gains. Allen had several red zone receptions, just wasn't able to push any into the end zone. He did appear to have scored one late in the game on a quick out in the end zone. He made a phenomenal catch along the sideline and somehow managed to keep his feet inbounds on what looked to be a spectacular reception. However, officials threw a flag for offensive pass interference on the play. Replays certainly didn't show anything egregious, and it appeared to be a poor call. The Chargers scored later on in the possession anyway, which was good for them but little solace to Allen owners.
2015 Week 8 vs BAL (5 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)
Allen had a nice first half, or at least a busy one. As usual, he piled up the receptions and was on his way to another nice game. Just before halftime, he made a remarkable catch in the back corner of the end zone on a deep pass from Philip Rivers. Allen went high over the defenders to snag it out of the air as his body twisted towards the ground. The defender was all over him, but he maintained his concentration to haul it in as well as keeping possession all the way to the ground. Unfortunately, upon hitting the ground he appeared to be in some pain. Head coach Mike McCoy was interviewed by a sideline reporter and said that Allen would be fine and that he just had the wind knocked out of him. But after coming out of the locker room for the second half, Allen was seen wearing a heat wrap of some sort on his side. He reportedly headed back to the locker room, and did not return to the game.
2014 Week 1 vs ARI (9 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Allen was extremely quiet in the early going, and a lot of that can probably be at least partly attributed to being covered by Patrick Petersons so much. Allen finally did get going a little bit in terms of volume, but never was able to break a big one either through the air or after the catch. He did manage to pick up as many yards after the catch as was possible most times, but he was clearly drawing the attention of the Arizona secondary all night. He had a chance to extend San Diego's drive on their last possession, but instead dropped a deflected pass on 4th down and 2 to go, all but ending the game and San Diego's chances. It wasn't an easy catch, as it wobbled all the way to his arms; but it is a pass that he will probably tell you he should have made.
2014 Week 2 vs SEA (6 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Allen fought hard for his catches, and was able to even win some battles in double coverage. The tight coverage however, limited how often he was thrown to. To give some idea of what he was dealing with from play to play: on one catch, he faked an out move and got free on the quick inside slant. A very nice move and enough for a 12 yard gain. Allen was also targeted in the end zone but was not really close to catching it. Later on, he had another end zone pass from a scrambling Rivers, but it was broken up.
2014 Week 3 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Quiet for a third straight game, Allen was only targeted twice as he caught both with a long of 11 yards. Running an out, Allen created plenty of space while Rivers sat in the pocket unharmed and unpressured. Looking like the two were working against air, Allen hauled in the easy catch for 11 yards. Allen's other catch came on a scramble drill as Rivers escaped the pocket and Allen flashed open as he worked back to his quarterback for the six-yard gain.
2014 Week 4 vs JAX (11 / 10 / 135 / 0 rec)
Allen has had a quiet start to the season, but broke out in a big way in this game. He set a new career high with ten receptions (which he achieved on the final play of the third quarter, so it could have been even more if the game had been close). There would have been another earlier, a spectacular leaping grab along the sideline. However, it was challenged and ruled that his foot had twisted toward the sideline and "kissed" the sideline as longtime referee Mike Carey put it. Allen didn't come near the end zone in the game, as the passing scores went to fellow wideouts Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd. But Allen did a ton of damage over the middle, getting open almost at will at times. He is excellent at finding the soft spots in the zone, and it's well-documented that he has an uncanny knack for finding just the right angle to pick up every last yard after the catch. For anyone worried about Allen suffering a sophomore slump, this game can help put that talk to rest. He was all over the place, and Rivers' go-to guy in just about every situation.
2014 Week 5 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
One week after finally posting huge numbers, Allen was back to his quiet ways again. He didn't necessarily play poorly and there did appear to be times that he was relatively open. But the incredible play of QB Philip Rivers is almost hurting Allen to this point. Rivers' decision-making has been so phenomenal that he is making the perfect read on nearly every single pass. He is finding the open man repeatedly, and even when multiple players are open, Rivers is going to the MOST open guy. In this game at least, that guy was rarely Allen. He was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone early on which would have given him a big game on its own, but he couldn't haul it in. He got his hands on it, but it was stripped away at the last moment for an interception. He was targeted again in the end zone late in the game and looked to have a defender draped all over him, but no flag was thrown. There had been penalties called on each of the three previous plays, which may have had something to do with the lack of a flag there. Either way, he was unable to shake loose for a score in either case. Allen had a scary moment early on when he got tangled up with a defender while going over the middle. Allen appeared to be in a lot of pain on the ground, but he soon got up and walked off under his own power. He soon came back in the game, showing no ill effects.
2014 Week 6 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Allen once again put up very small stats in the box score, but it wasn't for a lack of trying to get him the ball. Allen had six targets to Malcom Floyd's seven and Antonio Gates' eight. It's just that Allen isn't getting much separation with his opportunities. QB Philip Rivers is having an MVP-caliber season and hasn't forced very many passes all year, so if Allen isn't able to get more open than he is, Rivers will likely not force the ball to him. His first target in this game didn't come until midway through the second quarter, and soon after was thrown to on a deep ball down the right sideline. But the ball was thrown into tight coverage and never really had a chance (and probably should have been intercepted). After halftime, he grabbed a handful of short passes (one of which was negated by a holding penalty) but couldn't break anything down the field. His biggest contribution to the game was actually a very critical play, but likely didn't benefit many fantasy owners. He returned an Oakland punt for 30 yards which helped set the Chargers up with great field position on their eventual game-winning touchdown drive.
2014 Week 7 vs KC (10 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)
After yet another extremely quiet first half, Allen broke out a bit after halftime. He again struggled to get separation for most of the game, settling for a handful of short grabs to start things off. Finally late in the game, he shook free of the defense to pick up 18 yards along the sideline in what was the game's biggest play to that point. He picked up 14 on a quick stop soon after that, with perfect timing featured on the route between Rivers and Allen. He again got free on a crossing route to get the ball to the 30-yard line to set up the game-tying field goal. Still, while he did see one red zone target, he is almost an afterthought near the end zone and isn't catching anything deep down the field to this point.
2014 Week 8 vs DEN (13 / 9 / 73 / 1 rec)
Allen has been quiet for most of the season, and he didn't exactly light up the stat sheet in standard leagues in this game either. Most of his catches were of the shorter variety. His long gain went for 19 yards, meaning his other eight receptions went for just 54 yards (less than seven yards per reception). The big difference in this one was his activity (13 targets) and the fact that at long last, he finally found the end zone. In the early going, most of his involvement came on crossing routes or comebacks. He showed nice cut-back ability, and ran some extremely precise routes. Allen isn't really a deep threat anyway, but he didn't have much of an opportunity in this game to do that since Denver was getting after Rivers pretty well. Late in the first half, the Chargers loaded the left side and threw a designed pass to Allen, who waltzed into the end zone untouched from two yards out. In the second half it was more of the same, with mostly underneath stuff. There was one major gaffe when he fell down coming out of a break, allowing a Rivers pass to be intercepted. But aside from that, it was definitely a step in the right direction for Allen's prospects the rest of the way.
2014 Week 9 vs MIA (9 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Allen's involvement in the offense has seen a resurgence in recent weeks, but his productivity from week to week is still very suspect. This game was a perfect case in point, as the opportunity was there to pile up some yardage in so-called "garbage time". But Allen just hasn't had the same success getting separation this year as he did last year, and there's very little activity after the catch. He caught three passes in the first half when the game was still in reach, with one reception nearly converting a 3rd and 19 pass play. He was thrown a quick screen and turned it upfield thanks to some excellent downfield blocking by his fellow wideouts. But he was just tripped up by a defender and stumbled down just shy of the first down. He caught a pass on the first play of the second half but it went for a loss, and it only got worse from there. He was targeted on two passes, both of which went for interceptions. The first was thrown well behind him and he had no chance to break it up. The second was a jump ball that he appeared on track to catch, but it was wrestled away from him by the defender for another turnover.
2014 Week 11 vs OAK (13 / 8 / 63 / 0 rec)
It was more of the same from the underwhelming Allen, who was heavily involved in the game plan but failed to really break out in any meaningful way. His long catch went for just 13 yards, and was only targeted once deep down the field. And that was only because QB Philip Rivers drew the Raiders offsides and had a free play to work with. He had a chance to haul it in but it deflected off his fingertips and it would have been a fantastic catch if he did bring it in. He did show his athleticism early in the first quarter on an underthrown ball. He was moving away from the line and had to reach back to snatch it before it hit the ground. His momentum had stopped so he could bring it in, so there was nothing to be gained after the catch. Late in the first half, he and Rivers were captured on camera seemingly disagreeing about something. It didn't appear to be heated and it's not something we don't see every week in the NFL, but it is telling that these two still couldn't get on the same page even when facing Oakland's poor defense and coming off of their bye week.
2014 Week 12 vs STL (9 / 6 / 104 / 1 rec)
San Diego's leading receiver has been coming around again in recent weeks, and this game was one of his best of the season. A well-designed screen play featuring excellent downfield blocking got him off to a nice start, and he ended up leading all players in both targets and receiving yardage in the game. He had a couple of hiccups around the middle of the game that hurt a lot at the time, but in the end didn't factor in much. The first was a pass intended for him near the goal line. The pass was a bit off, but Allen's stumble as the ball reached him enabled the defender to not just intercept it but also take it the other way for a 99-yard touchdown return. Soon after halftime, Allen muffed a punt (although in fairness, it wasn't his fault due to the fact that his own man bumped him as he was trying to fair catch the football). Then his biggest play of the game went for 35 yards in converting a third down. He did a nice job running after the catch, making defenders miss, and showing elusiveness after the catch. The problem was that he was careless with the football and fumbled it away to the defense. With the outcome of the game hanging in the balance, however, he more than made up for any gaffes he had by scoring the clinching touchdown. He took a pass out in the flat, beat a couple of defenders up-front, and then made it happen after the catch once again. The Rams again tried getting him to fumble, but this time he took it the distance, going into the end zone from 29 yards out.
2014 Week 13 vs BAL (15 / 11 / 121 / 2 rec)
For all the talk of Allen's poor season, he appears to be turning a corner at just the right time. He posted his second straight 100-yard game in this one, adding two extremely impressive touchdowns to boot. He also eclipsed the total number of catches he posted a year ago, as his value in PPR leagues has not taken as much of a hit. His first score in this game was a fantastic diving grab over the middle. He dove towards his right, got his hands under the ball, and then rolled over while pinning it against his body. His second score was perhaps even more impressive, if not for degree of difficulty than at least in terms of concentration. He hauled in a long ball down the left sideline, twisted as he caught it, and spun his body into the end zone while keeping his feet inbounds. It was an outstanding grab, and pulled the Chargers to within three points with under four minutes left in the game. Along the way, he made a phenomenal lunging grab earlier in the second half. With his arms fully outstretched, he was able to corral it into his body to convert a second down pass play. The play really illustrated his terrific catch radius, a term we heard with some frequency last season. Allen was also looked to four times on nine pass attempts during San Diego's game-winning drive (with the first two picking up first downs to give the team some momentum moving down the field). The Chargers are still going to throw it to the most open man and not necessarily force it to any one player in particular, but it's an encouraging sign that that "most open" player lately has been Allen.
2014 Week 14 vs NE (3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Allen became the latest occupant of Revis Island. New England cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has made such a habit of shutting down the opposition's top wideout that there is a term for being shut down by him, added another victim to his list. Allen didn't even see a target in the entire first half, and didn't record his first reception until just over two minutes remained in the third quarter. In all, he caught two passes for a whopping three yards, and was just a total non-factor.
2014 Week 15 vs DEN (8 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
In what has been a very uneven sophomore campaign, Allen had another quiet game in this one. And more importantly, he was forced to leave the game with an ankle injury. He made a diving catch, was awkwardly tackled, and appeared to be in a lot of pain on the ground. But he returned two plays later. However, for the remainder of the first half he was in and out of the lineup. Finally, he left the game for good after halftime. Much like last week against New England, he just couldn't shake free of the coverage by the defensive backs. After his departure, it became that much more difficult for the remainder of the San Diego receivers to get anything done, and the offense just looked totally out of sync as a whole.
2013 Week 2 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Allen's name wasn't called in the early going, but when starting WR Malcom Floyd left the game with an injury early in the second half, Allen came on in relief. He caught just two passes, but they came immediately after Floyd's exit so the plays stood out. The first catch was a diving grab over the middle to convert a third down play. He dug it off the turf despite his jersey being tugged by the defender nearly the entire time. He was targeted near the sideline on the next play, once again diving at the ball. He felt the ball was caught, but it was correctly ruled that he had trapped it against the ground. Allen's second reception was a longer gain where he was hit perfectly in stride. He made a hard cut to the inside to beat his man, who had stumbled trying to keep up.
2013 Week 3 vs TEN (1 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
Allen saw a few extra targets in last week's game when starting WR Malcom Floyd left with an injury, so Allen owners were likely hoping for a similar story in this game. He did make one reception in this game, but since he lost yardage on the play it was certainly not a productive game for him. Additionally, he was called for an offensive pass interference penalty when he picked the defender. That negated an Eddie Royal touchdown, costing the chargers a critical four points when they had to instead settle for a field goal.
2013 Week 4 vs DAL (6 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)
Allen quietly had a very solid game, overshadowed by the feats of TE Antonio Gates. On San Diego's first drive, Allen made a terrific adjustment to go up high for a back shoulder fade pass to convert a third down pass play for a 31-yard gain. He later added a phenomenal sideline catch, which was one of the better catches you will likely see this season from a skills perspective. While leaning forward, he hauled it in and dragged his toes while maintaining possession, showing off great coordination and concentration, as well as some remarkable agility. The play wasn't necessarily noteworthy except to illustrate Allen's ball skills. Allen later got free in the end zone for a possible score along the back line of the end zone, but Rivers was under some heavy duress and had to throw the ball away instead of trying for the score.
2013 Week 5 vs OAK (9 / 6 / 115 / 1 rec)
Allen was extremely quiet in the first half, but really broke out in a big way after halftime (particularly in what some would call "garbage time"). Several of his catches were of the acrobatic variety, and it was sort of the coming-out party Allen owners have been hoping for all season long. He very nearly scored in the third quarter, going up high to make what looked to be a touchdown reception in the back left corner of the end zone. Upon booth review, however, it was determined that his second foot never touched the ground and his knee had come down out of bounds. Allen did find the end zone later in the game, however. He caught a slant over the middle as Oakland defenders converged to wrap him up. But he managed to shake free of the would-be tackler and sprinted the rest of the way to the end zone. He showed terrific strength on the play, one of several instances where he demonstrated that skill (he had earlier skied high above the defenders over the middle knowing he was going to take a big hit from several of them, but still managed to hang on as he came down with the ball). With the Chargers down ten and on a desperation drive late in the game, Allen caught back to back passes totaling forty yards. On that same possession, he got open in the back of the end zone, but Rivers didn't see him until it was too late. The ball was then thrown behind him, and picked off by Oakland. The Chargers got the ball back one more time, and Allen caught a long 30-yard reception over the middle. That drive soon resulted in a turnover as well. All told, 70 of Allen's 110 yards in the game came on the team's final nine plays of the game.
2013 Week 6 vs IND (12 / 9 / 107 / 1 rec)
Allen's breakout game really came a week ago when he went over 100 yards and a touchdown against Oakland. But since it was played late at night and perhaps not many people saw it, the reports were that he compiled all of his production in "garbage time". So he was an intriguing player coming into this game, on a national stage and against a solid pass defense. He did not disappoint, with a game-high nine receptions and a beautiful diving 22-yard touchdown reception. He played like a seasoned veteran, using his body to shield out defenders and create space, catching the ball with his hands, running very precise routes, and getting open almost at will despite the Colts realizing he was the top option in the passing game. Early on when QB Philip Rivers was struggling with his timing and accuracy, there were no such issues when he targeted Allen. On the touchdown reception, he beat the double team down the left side and curled it back towards the middle of the field where Rivers had led him. He ended up making a fantastic diving grab, then rolling across the end zone to keep himself under the football and assure the reception. Allen nearly added a second, similar, touchdown reception later in the first half, but the ball was underthrown just out of his diving reach. In the second half, the Chargers focused more on running the football but Allen still managed to pad his stats a bit more. On two separate receptions, he showed excellent strength and awareness by spinning out of would-be tacklers and fighting through hits to pick up nice yardage after the catch. Allen certainly staked his claim to be the team's top receiving threat, and in this game he certainly looked the part.
2013 Week 7 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 67 / 0 rec)
For the first time in three weeks, Allen failed to crack the 100 yard receiving mark. It wasn't for a lack of trying to get him the ball, as he got wide open on a couple of occasions. He picked up 26 yards over the middle when his man mistakenly left him to go cover Vincent Brown on the deep route. Allen ran an in route and the entire field was open for him. His next reception was actually a tough grab on a ball thrown well behind him. Allen made a nice body adjustment to slide down and reach behind him to make the catch and pick up the first down. Allen's afternoon was nearly punctuated with a touchdown on a freak play. He made a nice sliding grab, but nobody on Jacksonville touched him down so he got up and took off for the end zone. Since he wasn't at full speed having had to get up, he was dragged down from behind just before reaching the end zone. On that possession, RB Danny Woodhead saw an inside rushing attempt, but then the Chargers made a concerted effort to get the ball to Allen. He was targeted in the end zone on the next play. The ball was knocked away, but he drew a pass interference flag. On the following down, Allen was the closest man to the ball on a throwaway out of the back of the end zone (Rivers appeared to be waiting for Allen to break free). And on yet another pass play, he was the intended target on a slant that drew another flag (he was hit high by a defender), but once again the ball fell incomplete. So while he didn't actually get into the end zone, the team's focus was on getting him the ball once they were in position to do so. Just after halftime, Allen was seen being escorted to the locker room with the trainer. Soon after, he was back in the game and receiving a target along the sideline. He had his helmet pulled off his head during the route, but no call was made. And Allen didn't record another reception in the game.
2013 Week 9 vs WAS (11 / 8 / 128 / 1 rec)
Allen started off the game extremely quietly, and didn't record his first catch until there were just over three minutes left in the first half. With QB Philip Rivers under duress on a couple of occasions, Allen became his go-to option after showing the ability to get free from his defender. On one bizarre sequence, Allen was whistled for an offensive pass interference penalty that cost him a nice gain. What was bizarre about it is that replays clearly showed that Allen and the defender never even came close to making contact with one another. The situation was rectified several plays later, when Allen hauled in an even longer pass. His second half began poorly, as he dropped a wide open pass over the middle for what should have been a huge gain. But he tried running before actually securing the ball, as it bounced off his chest for a bad third down drop. There weren't many defenders around him either, and it could have gone for a big gain. His next target didn't go much better, as the defender out-muscled him for position and took the ball away for an interception. Fortunately for Allen and the Chargers, the team stuck with him. He made an incredible move off the line of scrimmage with a great juke move to shake his defender free. Rivers put it up for him near the corner of the end zone for a wide open score. Later in the fourth quarter, the team faced a key fourth and 2 with the game on the line. Rivers lofted it up deep for a once again wide-open Allen. He was targeted (and caught it) two more times on the remainder of that drive as San Diego drove for what they hoped would be the game-winning score. Once the team got down close to the goal line, however, they did not specifically target anything in Allen's direction.
2013 Week 10 vs DEN (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Allen had his first really quiet performance in over a month. He had an 18-yard grab on the game's opening drive and later saved QB Philip Rivers from an interception by breaking up the pass at the last moment, but otherwise he did very little in the first half. With San Diego trailing at the half, Allen looked poised to put up big numbers against an assumed softer defense from Denver. But after a couple of early quick slants that connected for first downs, San Diego opted to look in other directions. With just five targets the entire game, it was a far cry from what we've seen recently from Allen. It's easy to forget he's still a rookie though, so games like this aren't entirely unexpected. The San Diego gameplan also had a lot to do with his lack of involvement, as they ran the ball 35 times compared to 29 passes.
2013 Week 11 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Due to inactivity early and injury late, Allen's afternoon was a quiet one. Save for a brief flurry of activity early in the second half, Allen was kind of invisible. He was targeted on a deep ball midway through the second quarter, the first time his name was called all game long, but the pass never really had a chance to be completed. Early in the second half, he made a fantastic grab by shielding off his defender with his body and snatching the pass out of the air. Soon after, he ran a crossing route over the middle and found a very soft spot in the Miami zone for an easy reception. He finished off his dominating drive by making a reception on a comeback route. Unfortunately, his taunting penalty after the catch ruined what was shaping up to be a very nice drive both for San Diego and for Allen. Late in the contest, Allen was targeted on a quick slant near the end zone. He looked to be open on the play and might have scored, but he had slipped coming out of his route. He tried to recover and dive at the ball, but it was out of his reach. It didn't look serious at the time, but on San Diego's ensuing possession, it was reported that Allen was on the sideline getting his knee wrapped and ice applied. He did not return, although it should be noted that it was not the knee that has previously given Allen problems in his college days.
2013 Week 12 vs KC (12 / 9 / 124 / 0 rec)
Allen was as busy as a player can be in the first half of this game. He registered eight receptions for 104 yards before the first half whistle had been blown, making every kind of catch in every kind of scenario. QB Philip Rivers continuously looked to him, particularly in third down situations. And Allen came through, again and again. His day began inauspiciously when his first reception actually would have gone for a first down, but he lost the first down when he stepped backwards and tried to dance around to pick up extra yardage. He would quickly make amends for that, and then some. Soon after was a slant over the middle for a big 29-yard gain (the slant route would be a recurring theme for Allen in this contest). Each time he made a catch, he did a nice job of using his body to create space between himself and the defender, something he is extremely adept at especially for a rookie. Probably his most impressive catch came on a ball thrown well behind him. Despite heading across the field to his right, he managed to reach back and snatch the ball out of the air with one hand, and all in one motion he immediately looked to turn up the field. He took off up the middle for extra yardage, and another first down. He showed excellent hands all game, and an uncanny ability to gain separation and/or find the soft spots in the defense almost at will. We know he's a rookie, but watching him Allen plays like a seasoned vet. His lone end zone target was a deep ball in which he put a very nice double move on the defender to get open, but Rivers overthrew him in the end zone.
2013 Week 13 vs CIN (10 / 8 / 106 / 0 rec)
Allen continues to play like anything but a rookie. In this game, he had eight total receptions and just about all of them came on different types of routes. Allen is certainly no one-trick pony. He shows an ability to get deep behind the defense, runs out of screens and follows his blocks well, and at times is simply dominant on intermediate routes. He made a fantastic first half grab along the sideline to pick up twenty yards on a ball that should have been intercepted. The defender looked like he lost track of the ball in flight, but Allen maintained concentration as he fell to the ground. There was a similar play soon after, as Allen made a remarkable adjustment to twist his body on a pass thrown high and behind him. He managed to snag it out of mid-air, then held on as the defender tried to stripe it out of his hands when the two men fell to the ground. He did have a costly fumble late in the contest, but fortunately Cincinnati fumbled it right back to San Diego several plays later. The Chargers showed they hadn't lost any confidence in Allen by going right back to him on the very next passing play. The rookie once again went over 100 yards receiving, and has thrown his name into the Rookie of the Year mix with his performance since being inserted into the starting lineup.
2013 Week 14 vs NYG (3 / 3 / 59 / 2 rec)
Allen had a phenomenal first half, but that was the extent of his damage. The Charger lead was so big that they didn't have a need to push it through the air after halftime. His first catch was a 43-yard bomb for a touchdown. The ball was slightly underthrown, but Allen made a nice adjustment to bring it in. Not only that, but he then managed to break free down the sideline with his defender chasing from behind. As Allen got near the sideline, he came extremely close to stepping out. But he somehow managed to keeping his foot in, then launched his body towards the pylon for the score. The play went to review (as all do) but there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the score. Later in the half, he made a catch off a quick slant and dove to the ground to avoid the hit. Ironically, he landed hard on his shoulder and immediately called for the trainer. He had to leave the game and went to the locker room to get checked out, but returned soon after showing no ill effects. He returned just in time to get wide open in the corner of the end zone for an easy score as no defenders stayed with him.
2013 Week 15 vs DEN (5 / 2 / 29 / 2 rec)
Allen had an extremely quiet game in terms of volume, but he was fortunate enough that the two balls he actually caught ended up going for scores. There was some rare miscommunication early on between he and QB Philip Rivers which didn't do too much damage (the ball was thrown one way and Allen broke the other, resulting in an incompletion). But the two soon hooked up for a dynamite scoring play. Allen came across the field wide open from the left side. He got inside the 10-yard line and hurdled a defender who was going low for the tackle. Allen jumped over him from the 6-yard line and was met at the goal line by another defender and seemingly had no leverage to push forward, but he still managed to regroup and lean into the man and get in for the score. It was definitely highlight-reel type of score. Allen's only other reception can also be added to the highlight reel. Rivers hoisted a fade pass to the corner of the end zone, but it was a bit underthrown. Allen did a nice job of maintaining his concentration to cradle the ball in as he was falling backwards. The ball appeared to be juggled a bit (since it was underthrown and the defender was all over it), but he clearly maintained possession all the way to the ground for his second score of the game.
2013 Week 16 vs OAK (7 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
Allen has made it a curious habit lately of catching very few passes in the game, but making them count by finding the end zone. Allen had a very slow start to his day when he muffed a punt after trying to move his feet before he secured the ball. Opening the second half, there was a ball thrown a bit behind him that he was unable to bring in. It would have been a tough play, but it's still a catch he normally makes. He was then targeted on a deep ball in the end zone, but the ball was well overthrown and had no chance of being completed. Basically, on the rare occasions that Allen got any separation, Rivers couldn't get him the ball. Finally, he ran a quick slant from the 4-yard line (that may have featured an illegal screen/pick by fellow WR Eddie Royal) that got him into the scoring ledger. He ended up breaking free wide open on the play for the easy touchdown. Later in the game, he was WIDE open over the middle of the field around the 5-yard line and could have walked into the end zone if Rivers had been able to get him the ball. But Rivers, who was under heavy duress, fired it well behind him for an incompletion. Allen later got his hands on a fade pass into the corner of the end zone but was unable to secure it. The defender was all over him and he spun multiple times trying to adjust to it, but the connection was just a bit off.
2013 Week 17 vs KC (8 / 5 / 89 / 0 rec)
Allen had a very quiet afternoon for most of the game, then one big play turned a ho-hum performance into a nice game. He actually cost the team a possession early on when he slipped coming out of his break on a pass over the middle. QB Philip Rivers put it where Allen should have been, but when he slipped it became an easy interception for the defense. He was also targeted on a deep bal in the end zone, but the ball was batted away by the defender at the last moment (it also may have been throw a bit short). But despite the early hiccups, he put on a nice performance after halftime. The man who reportedly considered quitting football earlier this year due to underuse, managed to refocus at halftime and make himself a part of the gameplan. He made a tough grab along the sideline and actually juggled the ball a bit, but did a nice job shielding the defender out. He then made another nice catch with his defender trailing him, then took off down the sideline for a big 38-yard gain. Those two plays alone accounted for more than half of his total yardage in the game. In the overtime, he made a big catch over the middle to pick up 12 yards on a 2nd and 15 pass play to help set up a manageable third down situation. Despite not earning the starting job until several weeks into the season, Allen closes out his rookie year as one of two favorites for offensive rookie of the year honors, along with Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy.
2013 Week 18 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Allen has had a strong first season, and showed why on two receptions over the middle. He has the ability to make quick cuts off the line, get open, and then possesses great running ability after the catch. But Allen really didn't have a chance to make much of an impact, as Rivers only threw it 16 times, relegating Allen to the role of decoy.
2013 Week 19 vs DEN (9 / 6 / 142 / 2 rec)
Keenan Allen was held in check for most of the game, with just 3 targets, 1 reception, and 19 yards through three quarters. In the fourth quarter, an injury to Denver cornerback Chris Harris left Allen covered by former Charger Quentin Jammer, and the Chargers wasted no time in exploiting the mismatch. While Denver tried to find a coverage that would work against him, Allen caught 5 passes for 123 yards and 2 TDs as he fueled San Diego's comeback attempt, as the hole in the secondary allowed San Diego's passing offense to finally come to life in time to make a game of it.