The Chargers are hoping to get extra out of Keenan Allen in opposition to the Cardinals

The primary move went to Keenan Allen 17 yards and the primary third down was transformed by Mike Williams on a 15-yard catch.

The Chargers welcomed again their first two extensive receivers final weekend in opposition to Kansas Metropolis and, if solely briefly, the offense regarded highly effective once more as they scored on 4 of 5 halftime possessions.

“Keenan and Mike do what they do for a purpose, proper?” middle Corey Linsey mentioned. “They make 20 million {dollars} or no matter [per season] as a result of they’re wonderful. They’re distinction makers. So with them being the distinction, it opens up the entire offense.”

Williams aggravated his excessive ankle sprain on his solely reception, rapidly ending his night time in opposition to the Chiefs. He missed the final two days of observe, casting critical doubts about his availability Sunday when the Chargers play in Arizona.

Allen, who battled a hamstring drawback suffered within the season opener, completed with 5 catches for 94 yards in a efficiency that coach Brandon Staley mentioned “undoubtedly exceeded my expectations.”

As they put together to tackle the Cardinals, the Chargers can take it as a optimistic that Allen has emerged in good well being and plans to be full.

“Typically it is only a feeling of confidence to have these two within the crush,” mentioned offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. “I feel it kind of permeates the entire mess when these guys are in there. It makes everybody really feel higher. … It makes a distinction, for positive.

The spotlight for Allen got here within the ultimate 4 minutes of the sport when, on third-and-18, he sprinted down the best aspect and was on the opposite finish of a Justin Herbert 46-yard bomb.

The scenario was so determined that Lombardi known as it a “Third and Californian” comedy, a reference he introduced with him from his earlier job in New Orleans. “Simply perpetually,” Lombardi defined. “Third and additional lengthy.”

Allen’s catch helped arrange a six-yard landing move from Herbert to Joshua Palmer because the Chargers took a late lead that Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes stole only a minute later in a 30-27 Chiefs victory.

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen celebrates after a catch for a first down.

Chargers extensive receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates after a catch for a primary down after a throughout the fourth quarter in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at SoFi Stadium Sunday.

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“The percentages are stacked in opposition to you,” Herbert mentioned, noting the bass and distance. “However when you might have a man like Keenan, you must give him an opportunity. You place the ball up there, figuring out he will combat for it. He made us an unbelievable play.”

Of their first 29 video games collectively this season, Herbert focused Allen 296 occasions. That is a mean of 10.2 per sport. Twice, Herbert focused him 19 occasions, equaling Allen’s profession excessive.

So when Allen was injured in Week 1 and did not get wherever close to 100% again till Week 11, it is comprehensible that Herbert and the offense regarded misplaced for stretches.

“To have [No.] 13 on the market, it simply provides one thing particular,” Herbert mentioned after the Kansas Metropolis sport. “We all know what a contender he’s and the fighter he’s.

The Chargers will possible want extra from Allen in opposition to Arizona in a sport through which they’re favorites, a sport that carries important weight of their quest for a postseason berth.

Lombardi spoke Thursday concerning the “belief issue” that exists between Herbert and Allen, explaining that their many observe reps collectively have cast a shared belief.

If Williams is not out there on Sunday, that belief will change into an much more essential bond.

Damage updates

Cornerback Bryce Callahan (groin) returned to observe in restricted capability after lacking Wednesday. The Chargers have added cornerback Michael Davis (knee) to their harm report. Hey, so what restricted.

Punter JK Scott (quads) was restricted for the second day in a row. The Chargers settled 4 punters on Thursday as a precaution if Scott cannot play on Sunday.