2. Mike Tolbert is the biggest undrafted find since Antonio Gates. Not only is he a compact, devastating blocker in the mold of Lorenzo Neal, but he is a fantastic receiver out of the backfield. He caught two passes against the Broncos, including a magnificent 67-yard catch-and-run. Tolbert has 103 receiving yards through two games. That puts him on pace for 824 receiving yards, which would be more than Lorenzo Neal has tallied in the last 11 seasons combined.
RB Darren Sproles
4. Don't blame the Chargers' 0-2 start on the injuries to LT Marcus McNeill and C Nick Hardwick. While it is difficult to replace two Pro Bowlers, L.J. Shelton and Jeremy Newberry have been stellar in their stead. The offensive line has only allowed one sack per game and has paved the way for the running game to average better than 4 yards per carry.
5. Chris Chambers finally has some on-the-job stability and the results are starting to show. Through two games, Chambers has three touchdown catches -- including two for more than 40 yards – and leads the team with 127 receiving yards. Chambers leads the NFL in yards per catch (25.4) amongst players with at least five grabs.
6. Prior to the draft, the Chargers showed a keen interest in defensive tackles Marcus Harrison (Chicago Bears) and Demario Pressley (New Orleans Saints). San Diego could use either of them right now. Jamal Williams' offseason knee surgery has sapped the lower-body strength that made him so dominant over the last five seasons, while Brandon McKinney can't escape the inactive list. General Manager A.J. Smith may look to reinforce this position prior to the trade deadline.
L. Castillo & I. Olshansky
9. The Broncos' offense helped answer the question: How badly will Shawne Merriman be missed? Jay Cutler dropped back to pass more than 50 times and was sacked only once, despite the Broncos starting two rookie offensive tackles. Jyles Tucker, Marques Harris and Antwan Applewhite each saw some time in Merriman's place; one of them has to capitalize on the extra attention Shaun Phillips has inherited.
10. In the color-me-surprised column, rookie Antoine Cason has outplayed Pro Bowler Antonio Cromartie. Cason has been the most clutch player on the defense, forcing fourth-quarter takeaways in both of San Diego's games. On the flip side, Cromartie struggled in Week 2 and allowed Brandon Marshall to set a Broncos record with 18 receptions. Cro' was flagged three times and couldn't keep his emotions or his mouth in check. Thank goodness Panthers WR Steve Smith was suspended for the opener…Cromartie might have gotten punched in the face.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.