Chargers RB Danny Woodhead gains 76 total yards on MNF
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San Diego Chargers pass-catching back Danny Woodhead rushed four times for 10 yards and caught five passes (on seven targets) for 66 yards in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
Woodhead's attempts and yards on the ground represented a season-low, but he compensated by ranking second in receiving yards among San Diego players. He also continued to prove his extra value in PPR formats, which should sustain itself over the course of the season even if rookie Melvin Gordon commands the bulk of the backfield touches.
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen finished with six catches (on 10 targets) for 57 yards in the loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night.
The target total was only topped by teammate Antonio Gates, but despite the veteran tight end returning to the Chargers' lineup, Allen was still able to register his third 10-plus target game this season. While the receiving yards show most of his catches came on underneath routes, his involvement as the No. 1 wideout is encouraging going forward. Through five games this season, Allen has 39 receptions for 444 yards and three scores.
San Diego Chargers veteran tight end Antonio Gates began making up for lost time Monday night by catching nine passes (on 11 targets) for 92 yards and two touchdowns in his return from suspension against the Steelers.
Gates scored his 100th career touchdown with a 12-yard reception early in the first quarter. Then, after reminding onlookers of his unmatched chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers, he found pay dirt again in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard touchdown reception.
Overall, the 35-year-old led all players in all receiving categories Monday night, evidencing the strong impact he continues to have 13 years into his NFL career.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon totals 94 yards against Steelers
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San Diego Chargers featured back Melvin Gordon rushed 15 times for 42 yards and caught seven passes (on nine targets) for 52 yards while also losing a fumble Monday night in a defeat to the Steelers.
Gordon saw his usual number of carries, but once again found little room to run behind a retooled offensive line. The rookie also coughed up the ball, leading to a San Diego turnover and marking his second lost fumble already this season.
On the bright side, he displayed an improved ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. With a matchup against a Packers defense that has proved vulnerable versus the run, Gordon will hope for a breakout performance in Week 6.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers throws for 365 yards in loss
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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 35 of 48 passes for 365 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the defeat to Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Rivers hooked up with long-time favorite target Antonio Gates on both his scoring strikes, but otherwise distributed his targets incredibly well. He completed at least five passes to five different players, helping him set a season-high with 35 completions. Similarly, his whopping 365 yards marked the third time he's topped 350 yards in a game already this season.
Although his lone interception was a pick-six, Rivers was still plenty productive and continues to rack up yardage in a pass-heavy offense.
Antonio Brown caught three passes (on six targets) for 45 yards in Monday night's win over the Chargers.
Brown was kept pretty quiet by the Chargers' defense Monday night, when the Pittsburgh Steelers ' passing game did very little until the fourth quarter. In fact, 39 of Brown's 45 total receiving yards came on one play, evidencing his limited contributions elsewhere. While Brown did tie for Pittsburgh's team-lead in targets, Monday marked the second straight game he's been held to fewer than 50 receiving yards. It's clear that Brown's production has been capped with quarterback Michael Vick filling in for Ben Roethlisberger, but he'll still aim to break his mini-slump in Week 6 against the Cardinals.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton certainly made the most of his one catch Monday night against San Diego. It went 72 yards to the house. He was targeted three times.
That play marked bis first touchdown of the year and the yardage was a season-high. Those realities evidence his relatively modest Fantasy value, which could take a hit once Martavis Bryant (knee) returns.
Le'Veon Bell finished Monday night's win over the Chargers with 21 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown, and four catches (on five targets) for 16 receiving yards.
Bell was the hero in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' win Monday night, as he powered through the pile to score a one-yard direct snap touchdown as time expired. Along with clinching Pittsburgh's comeback victory, Bell kept the Chargers' defense on their toes with numerous inventive runs that helped the Steelers' offense overcome a disjointed passing game. In his three games back from suspension, Bell has picked up where he left off last season, compiling an impressive 302 yards on 62 carries and catching 18 passes for 107 yards en route to three total touchdowns.
Mike Vick completed 13-of-26 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and rushed once for 24 yards in Monday night's win over the Chargers.
Vick's passing totals were largely boosted by his 72-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton during the fourth quarter, when the veteran also led the Pittsburgh Steelers on a late game-winning drive. While Vick should be commended for his late-game contributions, the first three quarters of Monday night's game evidenced his inexperience in Pittsburgh's offense, as most his passes were check downs to underneath receivers. Vick's only interception came on a hail mary to end the first half, so to his credit, he managed to take care of the ball even despite his limitations elsewhere. If starter Ben Roethlisberger (knee) remains sidelined going forward, Vick figures to continue to fill in at quarterback in Week 6 against a playmaking Cardinals defense.