Insider's Take: Chargers v. Jags

The San Diego Chargers broke into the win column with a dominating 38-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, the team looks to string together consecutive wins and prove its slow starts are a thing of the past. Here's a look at what worked, what didn't and what's next after Sunday's shellacking.

What Worked

--Philip Rivers dissected the Jacksonville defense. He completed 22 of 29 passes (76 percent) for 334 yards and three TDs. He threw two interceptions -- one bounced off Antonio Gates, the other was the result of an ill-timed jump by Legedu Naanee -- but was otherwise flawless. He connected with eight different receivers, showing he has enough weapons to work with even minus Vincent Jackson.

--Mike Tolbert led the Chargers in yards-per-carry last season and is quickly proving that was no aberration. He ran 16 times for 82 yards against the Jaguars (5.13 ypc) and pounded in a pair of TDs. With Ryan Mathews (ankle) dinged up, Norv Turner can rest easy knowing the Smash & Dash combo of Tolbert and Darren Sproles can handle the load.

--Buster Davis is making the most of his make-or-break season. The injury-prone former first-round pick caught five passes for 48 yards against the Jaguars. He now has seven catches though two games, which tops his total from either of the last two seasons. Davis knew he had to play well early this season or lose his spot in the rotation to Patrick Crayton. If Davis keeps playing like this, Crayton will have to get comfortable in his role as the No. 4 receiver.

--The defense picked off David Garrard four times, a personal worst for Garrard, and forced two fumbles. Antoine Cason led the way with two picks and a forced fumble. Add in two sacks, including one by Larry English, and it was a big day by three of San Diego's last four first-round picks (Davis, Cason and English).

What Didn't

--San Diego turned the ball over three times in the first 21 minutes. One of those was the result of another lost fumble by Mathews, who set up an opponent's scoring drive for the second consecutive week. It's often cited that LaDainian Tomlinson also lost two fumbles in his first two games before becoming one of the premier ball-security players in the NFL. However, Mathews has a lot of work to do in order to follow suit.

--Mike Scifres had a punt blocked for just the second time in his career. It came on Scifres' first punt attempt with new snapper Ryan Neill, although the guilty party was Kris Wilson, who threw a lazy block on the edge. Wilson is off to a quiet start this season and has yet to catch a pass. Fellow reserve tight end Randy McMichael was also shut out by the Jaguars after catching two balls in the season-opener.

--Food for thought: If Mathews is unable to play next week, it's likely that no members of San Diego's 2010 draft class will dress against the Seattle Seahawks. Only three draftees made the active roster and DT Cam Thomas and SS Darrell Stuckey have been healthy scratches in each of the first two games. These rookies, as well as other youngsters like Vaughn Martin, need to get some playing time if the Chargers are to tap into the full potential of their roster.

What's Next

The Chargers head north to face a Seattle team that is hard to peg. The Seahawks looked like world-beaters in Week 1, smashing the NFC West-favorite San Francisco 49ers by 25 points. One week later, they got destroyed by the same Denver Broncos team that lost to the Jaguars in Week 1.

It's been that kind of start to the NFL season.

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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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