Tempered enthusiasm

The San Diego Chargers come into their bye week on a roll - one they likely wouldn't have wanted to stop if they had a choice. Going 2-0, however, leaves 14 games on the schedule with the toughest ones still to come.

The Chargers are 2-0 but there are no cartwheels to go along with it.

Heading into the bye week undefeated never feels bad. But the Chargers are trying to keep their good vibrations to themselves, keeping what they've accomplished in perspective.

Bolting from the gate with two convincing wins is never a bad thing. The Chargers, though, also realize they've played probably two of the NFL's worst teams in the Raiders and Titans.

And up next could be two of the NFL's top teams.

Awaiting the Chargers the Sunday after next are the Ravens, in Baltimore. After that, the Chargers entertain the world champion Steelers, a road team with few peers of late.

The Chargers are still upbeat -- to a point.

"We've got something going here," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "We've got to understand it's two games and we've done nothing yet. But we've got something going here."

What's going on is the defense is playing like few others: seven points allowed in eight quarters, which included seven straight quarters with no points. It dominated the Titans on Sunday in the same fashion it did the Raiders the previous Monday night.

In two games, it's 67 for the Chargers and 7 for the other guys -- that's not bad.

The Chargers have also gotten off on the right foot at home. They pounded the Titans, 40-7, and started erasing that sour taste of going but 4-4 at home last year.

They'll stay home this week, resting up for a 14-week stretch. And everyone among the Bolts knows they'll be some rough patches somewhere along the way.

"Our defense dominated," guard Mike Goff said after Sunday's whipping of the Titans. "Of course, we'll have tougher tests."

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