4 Things learned from San Diego’s 27-20 victory over Denver

What a night. Thursday Night Football always has something interesting in store. There are many bright spots about the Chargers play last night, here are just a few of them.

1) Keenan Allen is a legitimate contender for Rookie of the Year: Rookie WR Keenan Allen continues to prove critics and “haters” wrong. After last nights game, it’s fair to say that Allen is now the Chargers receiver of the future. Keenan Allen had two receptions for 29 yards on five targets in San Diego’s victory over the Broncos. Both catches were touchdown receptions.

Reeling in both of Philip Rivers touchdowns passes, Allen gave the Chargers a 17 -10 lead going into halftime, completely tearing apart Denver’s defense singlehandedly. The first of Keenan’s two scores came on a nineteen yard touchdown catch and run. Allen ran right through the middle of the Denver defense, caught the ball, ran about 10 yards and finished it off by leaping over one of the Bronco’s defensive backs (Kayvon Webster) into the end zone.  If only every time Allen caught the ball he took it in for a score.

Everyone, including myself, is wondering why Keenan was drafted in the third round. Six teams looked past Allen in this years draft due to a slow 40 time and his knee history. Allen is beginning to show just how much he can do for a team and how health he actually is. He may be the NFL’s next star receiver at this pace.

2) AFC West fans can get a little rowdy after games: Around 9:55 the police got a call that three fans had been stabbed outside of Sports Authority Field thursday night in Denver. A fourth person may have been stabbed, however, the person (reportedly) left the scene without seeking treatment. There are only three stabbings that the police are for certain happened. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

Previously, in a match-up between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, a similar occurrence happened. This confrontation resulted in a death. A man in his twenties got into a vehicle and was caught by the owner, the stranger ended up unconscious on the pavement. At around 5:20 PM he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This may just be coincidence. However, the AFC West fans now have a reputation of unreasonable outbreaks.

3) Ryan Matthews and Philip Rivers are born again: What a difference a year can make. At this time last year, fans and critics were ranting and raving that it was time for either Ryan Matthews or Philip Rivers to go, possibly both. After last nights game, it is safe to say that these two players are shall we say “born again”. Ryan Matthews broke 1,000 yards rushing last night as he rushed for 127 yards (tieing his season best) on 27 carries and an impressive 23 yard touchdown run. Watch Ryan Matthews’ 23 yard touchdown run here.

 Philip Rivers threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 60% of his throws, completing 12 out of his attempted 20. His season totals are 4048 passing yards with 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 106.9 and is completing almost 70% of his throws. Rivers has the fifth best quarterback rating in the NFL, trailing behind only Nick Foles, Peyton Manning, Josh McCown and Aaron Rodgers. Rivers is having himself an MVP caliber season.

4) The Chargers defense finally looks to be settling in: On the Broncos first two drives of the game Peyton Manning was looking as if he was going to have another huge game on the stat sheets as the Chargers defense was struggling again. However, after those possessions everything changed. The Broncos ended the half on three straight three-and-out possessions. Not only did the Chargers hold the Broncos high powered offense to 20 points, they sacked Peyton Manning for a twelve yard loss in the first half. Manning has went 126 drop-backs without a sack up until last night. San Diego also picked off Peyton Manning. Charger linebacker Thomas Keiser intercepted a pass with 5:07 remaining in regulation, allowing San Diego to run as much time off the clock as needed.

The Chargers defense is very young and has been plagued by injuries this year. Regardless of injuries, San Diego’s coaching staff has found the right personal at the right position and finally it is beginning to show. It was found later than hoped, but the saying is “better late than never”.  If they can play at a level like this every game, things could turn around in a hurry. They are looking more in control of what is happening over the course of the game. No more young, inexperienced linebackers running around like a chicken with their head cut off. Look for the Chargers defense to have another big day next week against the Oakland Raiders.

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