A Rivers runs through San Diego

For the first time ever, Charger fans got a chance to see what Philip Rivers can really do with this offense. He completed 25-of-35 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. He spread the ball around, connecting with nine different receivers, and for the second consecutive week the Chargers turned in a turnover free outing.

Chargers fans should be reluctant to proclaim that Rivers has indeed arrived. Although the final score was lopsided, Rivers missed on several throws that he will need to make in closer contests. He twice led Antonio Gates too much with throws over the middle and missed both Keenan McCardell and Malcom Floyd on potential touchdown passes.

"I think I am my own worst critic," Rivers admitted. "I will grind on the things to correct but I am not a negative guy. I am certainly not pleased and will get the things corrected. We kicked too many field goals. We need to get in the end zone. You analyze what went wrong in those third downs."

The critics will remain mostly muted throughout the next two weeks, given that with Rivers at the helm the Chargers have outscored their first two opponents 67-to-7. But even Coach Marty Schottenheimer admitted his young quarterback could have done better.

"We have a lot of work to do," Schottenheimer said. "We left points out there. We just barely missed on a couple of throws."

That is not to say that Rivers' performance is being deemed a disappointment. He was poised and clutch for the most part and his teammates rallied around him. He also completed over 71 percent of his passes.

"He was very efficient again," Schottenheimer said. "We didn't turn the ball over again. That is always paramount. I would never have imagined we would have scored that many points against a good team. I think we are a good, solid football team but nowhere near where we need to be."

Now Rivers and Co. have the bye week to prepare for the increasingly daunting challenges that lie ahead. After the week off the Chargers travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens, followed by a home contest against the defending champion Steelers.

"This is a week you can do all the fine tuning and work on fundamentals before you hit this stretch," said Rivers of the bye.

This may be the perfect time for it. Though the Chargers remain undefeated after their first pair of contests, ten other teams will end week two the same way. When the Chargers get come back from the break, it will be time to take that extra step if they hope to earn their rank amongst the league's elite.


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