Allen continues to be limited to short- and medium-length plays, and his long reception in the win went for just 13 yards. He's had just one game this season with a reception of 20 yards or more, and Sunday's performance will drag his per-catch average underneath 10 yards. Despite the lack of big plays, Allen has averaged more than 11 targets over his last four games. His next chance for a breakout comes in Week 12 against the Rams.
Allen was held under 50 receiving yards for the third time in five games. He was targeted a team-high nine times and finished with four catches for 47 yards. He has 47 catches for 474 yards and a touchdown on the season.
The Chargers will head into a bye week before facing the Raiders in Week 10.
Allen finally found the end zone for the first time all season en route to a seven-catch, 73-yard effort, which made for his best outing of the season. However, we still see some of the big issues that have limited him all season lurking in Allen's supposed breakout game.
Targets and catches have been there all season for Allen, but he hasn't done much with them, and that was still something of an issue Thursday. He had a season-high 41 yards after the catch, but that came out to an average of just 4.6 per reception. That is still down from 6.2 per catch a year ago.
Allen's role in the offense is still big enough that there is reason for confidence, but his inability to break off the big play remains troubling. Until he starts to turn that trend around, Allen's upside remains limited.
Allen proved to be Philip Rivers' safety blanket throughout the night. He ran a lot of underneath routes that wound up going for short gains. Allen managed to haul in nine catches for 73 yards and a score during the contest. His longest reception during the game was 19 yards.
Allen's touchdown came on a quick pass down near the goal line. He received a block from a receiver, and was able to quickly shoot past a defender for the 2 yard score. Allen will look for more Week 9 against the Dolphins.
It's quite evident
"People, they aren't stupid," wide receivers coach Fred Graves said, per U-T San Diego. "They're not just going to let him run free. They're going to take some things away."
Allen has seen a lot more press coverage this season. He does have a team-high 34 catches, but he is averaging just 10.4 yards per catch and has had just two catches for 20-plus yards after totaling 16 as a rookie.
"They're pretty close to me after I catch the ball," Allen said.
Perhaps one of the biggest frustrations, especially if you play Fantasy Football, is Allen has no touchdowns. Though, Allen is pretty confident he will start scoring touchdowns.
"It'll come," he said. "I'm pretty patient. Frustrated, for sure, but I'm pretty patient. I understand what's going on with the offense, and we're winning, so it's not a big deal."
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