The primary cross went to Keenan Allen for 17 yards and the primary third down was transformed by Mike Williams with a 15-yard catch.
The Chargers welcomed again their high two broad receivers final weekend in opposition to Kansas Metropolis and — even when solely briefly — the offense regarded potent once more as they scored on 4 of their 5 first-half possessions.
“Keenan and Mike make what they make for a reason, right?” heart Corey Linsley stated. “They make $20 million or whatever [per season] because they’re unbelievable. They’re difference-makers. Then, them being difference-makers, opens up the whole offense.”
Williams aggravated his high-ankle sprain on his solely reception, rapidly ending his night time in opposition to the Chiefs. He has missed the previous two days of follow, casting critical doubt on his availability Sunday when the Chargers play at Arizona.
Allen, who has battled a hamstring drawback suffered within the season opener, completed with 5 catches for 94 yards in a efficiency coach Brandon Staley stated “exceeded my expectations, for sure.”
As they put together to face the Cardinals, the Chargers can depend as a optimistic the very fact Allen emerged wholesome and initiatives to be a full-go.
“Sometimes it’s just a feeling of confidence having those two in the huddle,” offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi stated. “I think it kind of permeates the whole huddle when those guys are in there. It makes everyone feel better. … It makes a difference, for sure.”
The spotlight for Allen got here within the sport’s last 4 minutes when, on third and 18, he sprinted down the suitable facet and was on the opposite finish of a 46-yard bomb from Justin Herbert.
The scenario was so determined that Lombardi known as it a “third-and-California” play, a reference he introduced with him from his earlier job in New Orleans. “Just forever,” Lombardi defined. “Third and extra long.”
Allen’s catch helped arrange a six-yard landing cross from Herbert to Joshua Palmer because the Chargers took a late lead that Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes stole again barely a minute later in a 30-27 Chiefs’ win.
“The odds are stacked against you,” Herbert stated, noting the down and distance. “But when you have a guy like Keenan, you have to give him a chance. Just put the ball up there, knowing that he is going to go fight for it. He made an incredible play on it.”
Of their first 29 video games collectively getting into this season, Herbert focused Allen 296 occasions. That’s a median of 10.2 per sport. Twice, Herbert focused him 19 occasions, matching Allen’s profession excessive.
So, when Allen was injured in Week 1 and didn’t return at something near 100% till Week 11, it’s comprehensible that Herbert and the offense regarded out of types for stretches.
“To have [No.] 13 back out there, he just adds something special,” Herbert stated after the Kansas Metropolis sport. “We know what a competitor he is and the fighter that he is. He has put in the work. It’s just good to see him back out there.”
The Chargers probably will want extra from Allen in opposition to Arizona in a sport by which they’re favored, a sport that carries important weight of their pursuit for a postseason berth.
Lombardi talked Thursday in regards to the “trust factor” that exists between Herbert and Allen, explaining that their quite a few follow reps collectively have cast a shared confidence.
If Williams is unavailable Sunday, that confidence figures to turn out to be an much more essential bond.
Cornerback Bryce Callahan (groin) returned to follow in a restricted capability after lacking Wednesday. The Chargers added cornerback Michael Davis (knee) to their harm report. He additionally was restricted.
Punter JK Scott (quadriceps) was restricted for the second consecutive day. The Chargers labored out 4 punters Thursday as a precaution if Scott can’t play Sunday.