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Keenan Allen Puts Cherry on Top of Monster Week
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Three-hundred and thirty-one yards.
Yeah, it’s safe to say Keenan Allen is back.
KA13 put the cherry on top of a monster week with a Thanksgiving Day performance that will long be remembered.
Allen hauled in 11 catches against Dallas for 172 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown in which he deked nearly half of the Cowboys’ defense. His 172 receiving yards were a new career-high in a single game while his 11 receptions are the fourth-most.
If that wasn’t enough, Allen passed John Jefferson for 15th-most receiving yards in team history.
“He can’t really be stopped (when he’s in his zone),” Melvin Gordon said. “I’m happy (for him). He dealt with a fair amount of injuries. My rookie year he was having a phenomenal season and it got taken away from him. He’s starting to have another great season.”
Gordon has seen countless Allen highlights over the years, but his touchdown catch-and-run against the Cowboys may top them all.
“I was watching it (from the sideline). I was like, ‘God! Dog!’ But that’s what he does. It’s not like you’re shocked. You’re just happy to have him…. He’s a tough guy to tackle.”
"They were in two man," Alled recalled as he described the TD. "We had a great play call. I had a corner route. The two men, they’re playing inside and I’m outside. Obviously, that’s a good play. Phil threw a great ball. After that, gotta make them miss and get in the end zone…I used to be a running back…I just knew the safety was coming. Once I felt the safety, I broke out. I had to get up field really fast. After that, it was a matter of making those guys miss.”
It’s not like Allen was having a down year over the first nine games. However, Head Coach Anthony Lynn knew it would take a while for him to truly round into form after missing so much time the past two seasons.
“Once he got his weight down (after not playing for so long), I think you see the running after the catch, the quickness (and) all those things you see in the number one receiver,” he said. “He missed a lot of ball last year. I’ve been impressed with Keenan coming out of the gate to be honest with you.”
Still, it’s clear he’s taken things to another level of late.
“He was (unstoppable) again,” Tyrell Williams said. “When he’s like that, he makes it easier for all of us. It’s special to watch.”