Chambers Chris'tens End Zone

The Chargers provided a morale boost and bolted north of .500 for the first time since opening week with a 35-10 win over the Houston Texans. A couple new faces were spotted in the end zone and Antonio Gates played like records were made to broken.

--LaDainian Tomlinson's rushed for just 90 yards after topping the century mark in his last two home games. In his three career starts against the Houston Texans, Tomlinson only surpassed the 100-yard mark in the 2004 season opener, when he rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown at Reliant Stadium.

--Tomlinson's absence from the end zone leaves him tied with Jim Brown for sixth place on the all-time rushing touchdowns list (106). Tomlinson needs five more to top his idol, Walter Payton, who has 110.

"I look at how [Payton] played and what he accomplished, and it still blows me away," said Tomlinson in an interview with Sporting News.

--The Antonios accounted for four of the five touchdowns. Tight end Antonio Gates scored twice and exceeded the 75 yards he needed to reach the 4,000 mark in his 68th career game. Only two tight ends hit that number in fewer games. The record is held by former Charger Kellen Winslow, who reached 4,000 yards in his 58th game.

--Only one of Gates' two touchdowns was needed to break the tie with Anthony Miller for the No. 6 spot on the franchise's all-time receiving touchdowns list. Two more will move Gates up to 41 and tie Wes Chandler for fifth place.

--New faces found their way past the goal line. CB Antonio Cromartie went from zero career touchdowns to two with a fumble recovery and a 70-yard interception return. WR Chris Chambers' first score in a Chargers uniform put an exclamation point on a 35-point first half.

--Chambers faced the Texans twice in four weeks, each time playing for a different team. He has four touchdown receptions in four games against the Texans. A 21-yard reception denoted Chambers' first action with his new team.

--San Diego's offensive line can point at DE Mario Williams for the prevention of its third-straight game without allowing Philip Rivers to be sacked. Rivers felt all 293 lbs. of Williams during the Texans' only sack.

--A groin injury took Shaun Phillips off the field, resulting in his first home game of the season without a sack. The Oakland Raiders were at the receiving end of his season-high two sacks in week six.

--Shawne Merriman, who also fared well against the Raiders with 2.5 sacks, was unable to earn his third multi-sack game of the season. With zero sacks against the Texans, he still has 5.5 this season and 32.5 career sacks in 34 games.

--Nate Kaeding came, he saw and he kicked his way past the three points needed to reach 400 for his career. He went 5-for-5 on extra points to boost his career points total to 402.

--San Diego won the turnover battle, 5-0. The Chargers are undefeated when they win the turnover battle and winless when they lose it.


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