Bolts Report Card

The Chargers won all three phases of the game in their 32-14 dismantling of the Baltimore Ravens. As a result, the team merits its highest marks since the Houston Texans left town. When Philip Rivers and Norv Turner earn A's for their respective units, you know things are clicking.

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Philip Rivers finished the game with nary a turnover, which is big news when you entering the game leading the league with 17. But he enjoyed his best game of the season in missing on only 10 of his 35 attempts, throwing three touchdowns and going for 249 yards. TE Antonio Gates, who had been quiet the previous five games, responded with two scoring catches and a 100-yard day; Chris Chambers added another. The pass blocking was sensational, as Rivers was able to progress through his reads in a calm manner.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- It's always tough to run against the Ravens, and Sunday was no different. LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 3.2 yards on 24 carries to stall at 77 yards. He did add 45 yards through the air. Neither Darren Sproles nor Michael Turner had any better luck in their combined four carries.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The pass rush made life uncomfortable for Baltimore's Kyle Boller. He was sacked four times and pestered many more times with the Chargers supplying pressure from the edges. Shawne Merriman had a game-high seven tackles, a forced fumble and a sack. Shaun Phillips had half a sack but rocked Boller twice on hits. Boller did get one touchdown pass threw for 191 yards, but they were yards he had to fight for.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus -- Good work here from the inside linebackers, Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm, and NT Jamal Williams. The Ravens finished with 56 rushing yards, 59 from Willis McGahee, who was held to a 3.5-yard average. Baltimore didn't run much late after falling behind, but it was tough for the Ravens get to ground yards earlier in the game as well.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus -- K Nate Kaeding tied a career high with four field goals, and two of them were from 40-plus yards. Sproles produced a 29.5-yard average on two kick returns, and P Mike Scifres had a 70-yard effort and two more that were downed inside the 20. San Diego's coverage teams did allow a 57-yard kickoff return.

COACHING: A -- Norv Turner and staff ignored the boos and turned Rivers loose on a day when the running yards were going to be tough to come by. The play-calling was fine on offense, although some wonder why the defense wasn't turned loose more on blitzes with Boller struggling with the rush. Turner deserves a bow for keeping the team focused in a week after players questioned some of their teammates' commitment.

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