Allen (knee) finished the 2018 regular season with 97 catches for 1,196 yards and six touchdowns on 136 targets in 16 games, adding six catches for 112 yards and another score in two playoff appearances. Allen maintained his impressive efficiency and played all 16 games for a second straight season, but his targets dropped off from 9.9 per game in 2017 to 8.5 in 2018. The decrease was largely a symptom of team success, with Philip Rivers losing 67 pass attempts from the previous season as the Chargers' defense and running game improved. With the nucleus of the team under contract for at least one more year, the Chargers hope to repeat their balanced approach in 2019. Allen was removed from the Pro Bowl with an injury, but early reports suggest it's nothing more than a bruised knee. He'll turn 27 in April and has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $45 million contract that could soon become a point of contention.
Allen exited the Pro Bowl on Sunday after sustaining a knee bruise, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Allen had a busy afternoon prior to his exit, catching four of six targets for 95 yards, including a 50-yard reception in the first quarter. The injury doesn't appear too concerning, but it would nonetheless be surprising to see the 26-year-old return to the field Sunday.
Allen caught two of six targets for 75 yards and a touchdown while also catching a two-point conversion in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round loss to New England. Allen capped Los Angeles' opening drive with a 43-yard touchdown, but his impact was minimized thereafter. Like quarterback Philip Rivers, Allen has an out in his contract this offseason. That being said, there's little reason for the Chargers not to keep the duo on board, considering Rivers and Allen linked up for 1,196 yards and six touchdowns on 97 occasions during the regular season. Those numbers represented a modest drop-off from the 102 catches for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns Allen posted in 2017.
Allen brought in four of six targets for 37 yards in the Chargers' 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens on Sunday. Allen was largely kept in check by the stingy Ravens defense throughout the afternoon, and he essentially did his damage relatively close to the line of scrimmage. As his regular-season numbers (97-1,196-6) corroborate, the veteran pass catcher remains Philip Rivers' most trusted target. Consequently, he's likely to see a larger workload during what shapes up as a slightly less intimidating matchup in next Sunday's divisional-round clash with the Patriots.
Allen caught four of seven targets for 64 yards in Sunday's 23-9 win over the Broncos. Allen split targets, catches and yards evenly with Mike WIlliams, but it was Williams who came down with the lone touchdown reception in the game. Allen has had an uneven season in that respect, with just one score through the first nine weeks followed by touchdowns in five straight, only to finish the regular season without finding the end zone again. The 26-year-old will now face the Ravens, who held him to five catches for 58 yards in Week 16, on the road in the first round of the playoffs.
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|9||11/03||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|11||11/19||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|17||12/29||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
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