Keenan Allen scores two more Thursday
Both of Allen's catches came within a nine-minute period in the second quarter, and he finished with a pretty subpar total of just 29 yards. Fortunately, he scored on each of his receptions, the first on a 19-yard reception that saw him hurdle a defender before breaking the plane of the goal line.
Allen has now scored seven touchdowns on the season, four of which have come in his last two games. With two games remaining in his rookie season, Allen has 63 receptions for 931 yards in addition to his seven touchdowns. The Chargers face the Raiders in Week 16.
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Huge game in store for Dwayne Bowe?
Danny Woodhead held in check in win
Woodhead rushed the ball nine times to match a season-high, but finished with just 29 yards on the ground. He was also targeted just once in the passing game, as he finished with just one reception for 13 yards.
Woodhead usually doesn't receive quite such a large proportion of his touches in the rushing game, as he has 66 receptions for 547 yards, as compared to just 359 yards on 93 carries. The Chargers face the Raiders in Week 16.
Chargers ride Ryan Mathews to big win
Mathews just barely set a new season high, finishing with 128 yards on 29 carries, besting his previous high by 1 yard. He received plenty of carries in the second half, with the Chargers nursing a lead out of halftime. His longest run of the night came at a good time, as he scampered 23 yards down the sideline for his lone touchdown, giving the Chargers a 24-10 lead in the third quarter.
Mathews now has 1,000 yards rushing for the second time in three years. He enters Week 16 against the Raiders with 1,013 yards on 236 carries, with five touchdowns.
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Steve Smith in line for a productive game
Efficient Philip Rivers downs Broncos with two scores
Rivers finished the game with just 166 passing yards, his lowest total of the season. However, he was incredibly efficient, racking up that total on just 19 pass attempts, as he completed 12 of them. He tossed a pair of scores in the second quarter, both of which went Keenan Allen's way, to give the Chargers a lead they could sit on in the second half.
Rivers finished the game without an interception, the eighth time he has done so -- the Chargers are 6-2 in those games. He surpassed 4,000 yards for the fifth time in his career, as he now sits at 4,048 yards on the season with two games remaining.
San Diego's next game is set for Week 16 against the Raiders.
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History not on Brian Hartline's side
Hartline has faced the Patriots eight times in his career, and has scored just two touchdowns, with none coming since September of 2011. He was held to a pedestrian four receptions on 37 yards against New England in an earlier meeting this season, and is averaging 48.6 yards per game in his career against them.
Wide receivers are averaging just 20.5 Fantasy points per game against the Patriots, the 13th-lowest total in the league. Hartline is on a role, but is more of a low-end Fantasy option for Week 15.
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Inconsistent Mike Wallace a risk for Week 15
Wallace was held to just two receptions for 19 yards, after totaling 209 yards and two touchdowns in his previous two games. He will try to turn it around against a solid passing defense that held him to just 41 yards on three receptions in Week 8.
Opposing wide receivers are averaging just 20.5 Fantasy points per game against the Patriots this season, good for 13th in the league. In spite of that, they have had a number of high-profile blowups against No. 1 receivers in recent weeks. Andre Johnson (121 yards), Demaryius Thomas (41 yards, one touchdown) and Josh Gordon (151 yards, one touchdown) have all found success against New England over the last three weeks.
Despite a matchup that might offer some potential, Wallace's inconsistent play makes him a risky Fantasy start in Week 15.
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Jeremy Kerley worth the risk in Week 15?
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Julian Edelman might struggle against tough Dolphins' D
The Dolphins have allowed just 15.6 Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season, and Edelman couldn't manage any kind of success the last time these two teams faced. He was held to just two receptions for 7 yards in Week 8, his worst game of the season.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been looking Edelman's way a ton recently, targeting him 32 times over the last three games. Edelman is almost certain to top his previous effort against the Dolphins, but this is a team that has held receivers in check all season long. Consider Edelman more of a low-end starting option for Week 15.
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