'It's not Snowflake! It's not Snowflake!'

The game was even uglier than the score. The Chargers were flat on offense and soft on defense, getting steamrolled by the Dolphins, 37-0, in a runaway laugher. San Diego heads into its bye week on a three-game slide and in a state of utter disarray. (Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

There are some games where nothing goes right; this was a perfect example ... to the tenth power.

San Diego's opening drive was submarined by two holding penalties and an awful play call on fourth-and-1. The next drive stalled when Philip Rivers inexplicably slid a yard too soon on a third-and-4 run. San Diego's very next offensive play? An interception, the first of three Rivers would throw on the day.

It's not as though Rivers had a lot of help. The offensive line play was atrocious, as Rivers was under pressure all afternoon, while starting halfback Branden Oliver averaged a whopping 1.5 yards on 13 carries.

If this is some twisted plot by the Football Gods to make Chargers fans miss their favorite whipping boys, Ryan Mathews and Jeromey Clary, it is certainly working.

All of this without making mention of the Chargers defense, which allowed the Dolphins to score on six of their first seven possessions, the lone “stop” coming on a missed field goal at the end of the first half.

Ryan Tannehill was sacked once (by Donald Butler), but it was negated by a penalty on Corey Liuget. Tannehill also fumbled once but it was recovered by the Dolphins ... it was just that kind of day.

Rivers, who posted the third-worst passer rating of his career (31.0), took the blame afterwards.

"I was terrible. When your quarterback is terrible, it's hard to win," he said.

Rivers was hardly the only culprit. Donald Brown dropped an easy pass that would have gone for big yardage. Ricardo Mathews was completely shook on one Tannehill run, although he was hardly the only pass rusher to be made a fool by the third-year quarterback.

The Dolphins dominated on both sides of the line. To add injury to insult, the Chargers lost Rich Ohrnberger (ribs) and Sean Lissemore (quad) to injuries.

"A number of things went wrong from the first series on," Mike McCoy said. "And then we couldn't stop them. Poor coaching on my part."

McCoy now has an extra week to coach up his team before the next opportunity, a Week 11 home game against the winless Raiders. The extra rest should be a huge benefit to several players who are battling through injuries.

Also, San Diego expects to get back Ryan Mathews, Melvin Ingram, Manti Te'o and Jerry Attaochu either in time for the Oakland game or very shortly thereafter.

The Chargers can only hope the return of those four players sparks a big turnaround over the second half of the season, because as the Dolphins made abundantly clear on Sunday, San Diego needs all the help it can get.

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com team. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 18 years and covered the team since '03. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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