Week 2 Report Card: Chargers vs. Broncos

The Chargers play was all over the spectrum against the Denver Broncos. Some players, like Philip Rivers and Darren Sproles, played exceptionally well. Others, like Igor Olshanky and Matt Wilhelm, failed to make the desired impact. Scout.com sorts through even phases of the game in the Week 2 report card.

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Philip Rivers was sensational, throwing for a career-high 377 yards and three touchdowns. Rivers has now turned in two straight solid showings - whatever ails the Chargers isn't from the play here. Chris Chambers had a team-high 83 yards and two touchdowns on four catches. Vincent Jackson was also active with a team-best six catches. Darren Sproles opened some eyes with his 66-yard scoring reception. Pass-blocking was solid.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- LaDainian Tomlinson was restricted to 10 carries for 26 yards - his toe isn't right no matter what the team wants you to believe. Sproles chipped in 53 yards on seven carries; Michael Tolbert got 1 on his lone shot. Run-blocking fair but the running game is a shadow of itself with Tomlinson hobbling.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- And it can't all be directed at the secondary. The pass rush - for the second straight week - was nowhere to be found. Denver QB Jay Cutler carved up the backend because he was seldom concerned about being rushed. CB Antonio Cromartie had one meltdown after another - that was among the reasons Brandon Marshall had 18 receptions. The defensive backs didn't look too good, but it's tough to cover receivers when the pass rush is nothing but a rumor.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- It looked like the Denver of old running game with nearly 145 yards being collected on the ground - that's 287 in two games. No one on the defensive line had more than two tackles and the play of the inside backers - Matt Wilhelm and Derek Smith - still seems a tick or two off. This all goes back to Jamal Williams' knees and just how much he has left. So far, he's not dominating like in years' past which allowed the blockers to stay off the linebackers so they could make the plays. Instead, the defensive line is getting little penetration and the linebackers are paying the price.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Darren Sproles raced 103 yards on a scoring kickoff return and seem ready to hit a home run whenever he touched the ball. He gobbled the second half of the field by himself; he had some great initial blocking which allowed him the early space. Sproles collected a 38-yard average on four kickoffs. Craig Davis was inserted as a punt returner and had a long of 10 yards. Nate Kaeding was perfect on three field-goal attempts.

COACHING: F -- This speaks more of the defensive side where the Chargers are getting put on their heels right out of the game. The first half was again a bugaboo - 31 points, 329 yards - so the team is either flat or ill-prepared when the game starts - not sure which is worse. The offense deserves credit - and Norv Turner's second-half play calling - for mounting the second half rally. But Ted Cottrell needs to figure out some way to get to the quarterback or a secondary which was getting a good reputation around the league is in for a huge deflation.


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