Here are their final stat lines, including playoff numbers.
Lacy went for 284 attempts rushing for 1,178 yards to go with 11 touchdowns and caught 35 passes for 257 yards. In the postseason, he went for rushed 21 times for 81 yards and two receptions for seven yards.
Allen had 71 receptions, 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. In the playoffs, he went eight receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
They both had great rookie seasons and led the league at their positions. Giovani Bernard isn’t even mentioned anymore because of Lacy’s December efforts and Allen’s rise to stardom.
I chronicled Allen’s credentials for the Rookie of the Year honor earlier this season, but he separated himself from the other wide receivers in the running such as Cordarelle Patterson and DeAndre Hopkins. What helps his resume is the Chargers’ run in the NFL Playoffs, padding his numbers and increasing his importance among the national media.
Of course, this Chargers’ writer is biased. Allen deserves the award and kudos to him to credit the honor as a team award. Allen’s playmaking ability was key to the Chargers’ success and Philip Rivers’ comeback season. Articles have been written if the 2013 draft could be redone, Allen would have been a top 10 pick. It just goes to show you the so-called experts don’t know everything.
The numbers and impact don’t lie. The experts should get it right by choosing the right candidate, Keenan Allen.