PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Philip Rivers wasn't sensational, but he did more than enough to direct the Chargers to another victory. He threw for two touchdowns and kept the Chargers out of harm's way by not doing something stupid. Pass protection was good -- he was sacked once, but that was a coverage sack. Vincent Jackson gave big boost in his return. Malcom Floyd had two touchdown catches -- both nifty receptions.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- The three-headed running back of Mike Tolbert, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles was as productive as it was varied. Tolbert and Mathews both averaged 4.1 yards on their 16 carries. Run-blocking was on the mark -- probably the most complete running game of the year, as the Chargers piled up 207 yards.
PASS DEFENSE: A -- Nothing bad here, although the secondary wasn't tested by backup Brodie Croyle. The Chiefs seldom went downfield -- or anywhere -- in passing for 40 yards. Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason each had some nice passes defensed when Croyle did try to throw. Four sacks kept Croyle and the Kansas City offense under wraps.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- One week after getting blasted by the Raiders on the ground, the run defense rallied for its best performance of the year. Holding the Chiefs to 48 rushing yards is impressive.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Nate Kaeding not only had a 48-yard field goal, but for only the second time, a kickoff reached the end zone. Cason showed a spark in replacing Sproles on punt returns and had a long of 42 yards. Coverage units were on their game -- with one hiccup -- after being a disaster in the season opener against the Chiefs.
COACHING: A -- Norv Turner was keen to keep the Chiefs off-balance with various players executing a nice blend of pass and run. Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera had everyone cheating toward the line of scrimmage, knowing Croyle couldn't beat the Chargers deep. He also wasn't shy about sending blitzes to keep Croyle guessing.
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