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- This game was fast and competitive early on with each team scoring early but the Chargers blew it open later in the first half. The win boosted the Chargers playoff hopes while dashing that of the Redskins. The Redskins had 10 days to prepare for the Chargers and they came out flat. This was the second consecutive road game for the Redskins who had played the Cowboys 10 days before on Thursday night. It was their sixth loss in the last eight games. The Chargers with this win went over .500 for the first time since early in the 2015 season.
- The Chargers did whatever they wanted all game long. The Chargers went on long scoring drives as well as hit the Redskins with explosive plays. Their play calling was excellent.
- The best play call of the game was when up 23-6, the Chargers ran a flea flicker pass that was caught by Keenan Allen to set up another TD to make it a 30-6 game with 6:17 left in the third quarter.
- The Chargers receivers (and all of them) feasted on the Redskins secondary. Five different receivers caught passes. Two of them (Tyrell Williams and Keenan Allen) had over 100 yards receiving.
- The Chargers secondary again was outstanding and has yet to give up 100 yards to any receiver.
- Chargers: They finished with 488 yards of total offense and 314 yards passing. It was clear that they were going to take advantage of the extra attention Keenan Allen was receiving. On the first play from scrimmage, Tyrell Williams caught a 34 yard pass. He later scored on a 75-yard completion when matched against Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. The Redskins wanted to take away Allen but did so at their own peril.
- Redskins: Their game plan was blown up early on as they had to play from behind. They may have been too desperate in ignoring their gameplan which we believe to have more run plays. They finished with 201 total yards and 136 yards passing.
- What adjustments? The Redskins didn’t do anything in the second half to slow down the Chargers. The Chargers didn’t need to make any changes as the Redskins didn’t pose much of a challenge in the second half.
- Towards the end of the first half, the Chargers had a a 23-6 lead and had maneuvered their way into field goal position and possibly adding to their lead. Phillip Rivers handed the ball off off to rookie running back Austin Ekeler who ran for 33 yards before being tackled at the Redskins four yard line as time ran out. This was a case of a rookie running back looking for daylight and almost finding the end zone. He could have ran and gone down to preserve the Chargers attempt to get on the board again. He apparently was instructed to go down to set up a field goal attempt, but failed to do so.
What We Liked
- The Chargers rested most of their starters in the fourth quarter. Teams don’t often do this even when ahead by a big number, so it is good to see when they do.
What We Didn’t Like
- Chargers needed to run the ball late in game. The Chargers late in the game (last drive of the third quarter and later first drive of the fourth quarter) and up big kept throwing the ball rather than running it.
- This was the second straight game that the Redskins offense sputtered. Against the Chargers, they only gained 201 yards of offense and a week before, they only had 280 yards in a loss to the Cowboys.
- Washington takes chances when the game is still is contested. Down 13-0 early in the second quarter, the Redskins converted a fourth-and-two from the Chargers 37. They later scored on the drive to make it a 13-6 game. However going for it here emboldened the Redskins and when they down 20-6 and facing 4th and 4 again from the Chargers 37, the Redskins opted to try another conversion on fourth down. This time it failed. That was essentially the game as the Chargers drove down and kicked a field goal to make it a three score game (20-6) early.