Stopping Keenan Allen

October 4th, 2020

Chargers WR Keenan Allen.

The Chargers’ Keenan Allen may be one of the more underrated receivers in the league.

A reason is who Allen plays for. He’s a top wide receiver on a second-banana NFL team in a third-banana NFL town. Los Angeles is a Lakers/Dodgers town and any other athlete on any other team better be playing on a winner or be a total superstar (Eric Dickerson or Wayne Gretzky or Mike Trout) or he will be buried under celebrity gossip news that rules Los Angeles.

The Chargers don’t even own their own stadium; they rent space from the Rams. Basically, the Chargers are on the same level of interest as UCLA football, which is way down the totem pole in the City of Angels.

Hell, the Raiders are more popular in Los Angeles than the Chargers and the Raiders play 278 miles away in Sin City.

You hear a lot about Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones and Mike Evans. Allen is right there and is sort of like the Lavonte David of receivers, though he has made the last three Pro Bowls. David’s image was hurt greatly by playing in NFL purgatory for so long with a lousy team, often in a half-filled stadium.

The Chargers only hope to fill SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles to 50 percent capacity — whenever California is released from lockdown status.

To read the musings of former NFL general manager Mike Tannebaum of BSPN, expect Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert to throw Allen’s way a lot.

With Chargers No. 2 receiver Mike Williams out today, Joe has a hunch Herbert will target Allen even more.

What would Joe do? Send in the cavalry, that being Bucs corner Carlton Davis. Since the final month of the season last year, Davis has been on an absolute roll locking up some of the game’s best receivers including Jones (twice), Hopkins and Thomas.

If Davis can take care of those guys, Joe is confident he can handle Allen.

12 Responses to “Stopping Keenan Allen”

  1. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    CD is a stud.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Allen is going to have a HUGE day. 150 yards and 2 TD’s. Blazing speed and surgical route running.

  3. m0j0 Says:

    Allen will get his but the Bucs CB’s are ready for the challenge and will win the war.

  4. Says:

    The key is to keep Allen covered long enough for the pass rush to arrive!


  5. PSL Bob Says:

    Herbert’s not going to have much time to target Allen today. Sure, he’ll get some receptions and yardage, but I doubt he’ll be as effective as he’s been the last two games, particularly if the front 4 can get pressure without blitzing.

  6. Tompa Says:

    Gonna be wet and nasty and muddy.
    That will slow him down a little.

  7. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I think this would be great strategy… works in the Bucs favor. The LAC will definitely look to Allen and we should shade a safety his way and grab 3 to 4 picks!!!

    Speaking of “!!!”, where is the blowhard realist? Too much winning for you realist? Or are you too busy poking your sheep?

  8. Karma Says:

    Herbert can sling it…He ain’t no Driskel. He walks with confidence and commands the offense. This kid is gonna be good judging from his last couple of games.

    If he can survive this TB defense and keep it close, you know he is gonna thrive in the future. This kid maybe better than Carr.

  9. BringBucsBack Says:

    Jeff is right about Allen’s route running; he is surgical. However, the wet turf, rookie QB & pass-rush may slow him down today.

  10. orlbucfan Says:

    Go Bucs 72
    “CD is a stud.”
    So’s the entire secondary/defense for that matter. Looking forward to their putting on a show in the mud and rain. 🙂

  11. Says:

    Hope everyone comes out of this game healthy. Wet fields increases chances of injuries and we have a trip to Chicago planned early in the week.

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    Great reason to go after Hebert like madmen.