The AFC West, thought by some to be the toughest division in the NFL, welcomed a new leader to it's top ranking on Sunday, as the San Diego Chargers grabbed sole possession of first place with a 28-14 win over the previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.
At 3-0, the Bolts are off to their finest start since their Super Bowl season in 1994 when they got off to a mark of 6-0.
And while the expectations are obviously not as high during this season's rebuilding process, the enjoyment of such a fresh start is something notable.
"It feels pretty good," said Chargers head coach Mike Riley.
"It was physical and hard. It took a long time to win that football game. We made a lot of plays in the game defensively, and it was probably pretty obvious to everybody that turnovers were the difference in the game."
Three interceptions and one fumble recovery does tend to play in your favor, and for San Diego it became a stepping-stone.
Ryan McNeil, who now leads the NFL with five picks in tree games, interupted Jon Kitna twice in throughout the game while Junior Seau's first interception of the year led to a Doug Flutie to Curtis Conway touchdown pass, giving San Diego an early 7-0 lead.
Deadlocked at 7-7, the Chargers offense began to catch fire midway through the third quarter, as LaDanian Tomlinson walked untouched into the end zone from four-yards out, increasing the Chargers lead to 14-7.
Tomlinson continued his highlight reel with an amazing 107-yards and three touchdowns, marking his second 100-yard performance in three games.
Not too bad for a rookie holdout, who missed almost the entire training camp before reaching contract terms during the final week.
"I'm a guy that sets my goals high," said Tomlinson. "It's great to be 3-0, but the thing that we have to do is keep on getting better every game and keep on bringing excitement to San Diego.
Undefeated, and in sole possession of first place in the AFC West, lets hope the excitement is only beginning.
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