Gates was in the right place at the right time on the score, catching a deflection in the end zone on a 27-yard play in the second quarter to give his team a halftime lead. He's managed to score four times in the last three games, and though he wasn't targeted much Sunday, he posted his highest yardage total since Week 2. Gates has racked up 27 catches for 363 yards and seven touchdowns. The Chargers will head to Denver for a Thursday night battle in Week 8.
Gates came down with a 1-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. He caught a 10-yard pass from Philip Rivers on the opening drive of the game and 16-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He was targeted eight times and finished with three catches for 27 yards in a 31-28 victory. He has 302 receiving yards and six touchdowns through six games.
Gates will look to bounce back in Week 7 at home against Kansas City.
Recently recovered from a hamstring injury and notoriously brittle at age 34,
The limited work was just the latest shift for the veteran tight end, who played 94 percent of the team's snaps in Week 4 after playing 64 percent in Week 3, 50 percent in Week 2 and 85 percent in Week 1.
His two biggest performances were also the two games when he played the least (he scored three touchdowns against the Seahawks in Week 2), which only adds to the mystery. Who is Antonio Gates, how much does he play, and how likely is quarterback Philip Rivers to find him in the red zone?
Frankly, after the way the last few years have gone, any way the Chargers can keep Gates on the field should be a-OK with Fantasy owners. Fewer reps some weeks is a worthy tradeoff for an opportunity at multi-score games. It may make Gates frustrating to predict, but the highs are high enough to stick with him through the lows.
Gates only had four catches, but made the most of the outing. He gained 60 yards, and found the end zone twice. In the first quarter, Gates caught an 8 yard score from Philip Rivers. A few drives later, he struck again, this time pulling in a 12 yard touchdown. Gates would catch a 12 yard pass late in the third quarter, but that was it.
Gates will take on the Raiders Week 6.
Floyd did haul in a touchdown, but only gained 39 yards on three catches. Most of his yardage came on his 24 yard touchdown grab at the beginning of the third quarter.
Gates also caught three passes, but gained 30 yards. Both players were outshadowed by Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal, both of who had over 100 yards receiving on the day.
Gates and Floyd will look for more Week 5 against the Jets.
|8||10/23/14||@ DEN||8:25 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||11/30/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|2003||San Diego Chargers||15||11||24||389||16.2||48||2||7||1||19|
|2004||San Diego Chargers||15||15||81||964||11.9||72||13||14||1||55|
|2005||San Diego Chargers||15||15||89||1101||12.4||38||10||16||0||62|
|2006||San Diego Chargers||16||16||71||924||13.0||57||9||14||1||49|
|2007||San Diego Chargers||16||16||75||984||13.1||49||9||15||1||54|
|2008||San Diego Chargers||16||16||60||704||11.7||34||8||8||0||39|
|2009||San Diego Chargers||16||16||79||1157||14.6||56||8||18||1||61|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||10||10||50||782||15.6||48||10||15||1||42|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||13||13||64||778||12.2||38||7||8||0||45|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||15||15||49||538||11.0||34||7||5||0||30|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||15||77||872||11.3||56||4||11||1||49|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||7||7||27||363||13.4||34||7||6||0||20|
|2003||San Diego Chargers||15||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2004||San Diego Chargers||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2005||San Diego Chargers||15||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2006||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Diego Chargers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||13||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||7||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2003||San Diego Chargers||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2004||San Diego Chargers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2005||San Diego Chargers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2006||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||0||1||0||4||1||0|
|2007||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Diego Chargers||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||15||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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