--QB Philip Rivers has kicked off the regular season with impressive performances. He led the Bolts to scores on five of their first six drives against the New York Jets and threw three touchdown passes for the third straight game. Completing 19-of-25 tosses, Rivers passed for 250 yards and connected with eight different receivers.
--WR Vincent Jackson led the team with 74 yards and added to the Chargers' 357 total offensive yards. Second-year WR Buster Davis also aided in the passing attack as he finished with three catches for 43 yards. All three of Davis' receptions came on third-and-long; all three moved the chains; and all three extended touchdown drives.
--The Chargers' secondary finally played up to its reputation. After missing a near interception thrown by QB Brett Favre, CB Antonio Cromartie didn't miss a beat and made up for the mishap moments later. Kicking off the second quarter, Cromartie tipped a pass intended for Laveranues Coles and raced 52 yards to mark his first score of the season. Cromartie is no stranger to the end zone; he scored last season on a pick-six, a fumble recovery and a missed field goal return.
FS Eric Weddle
Cromartie's two-pick performance reignites his quest for a 15-interception campaign. Dick "Night Train" Lane holds the NFL interception record with 14, which he marked during his rookie season in 1952 with the Los Angeles Rams. Lane failed to make a pick during the first two regular season games that season, just as Cromartie has failed to do this season.
--The Chargers defense kicked up the intensity, sacking Favre three times and hitting him five times. The Bolts brought a number of blitzes, causing Favre to feel the pressure from all angles. The Chargers also saw big performances from Jyles Tucker (two sacks) and Shaun Phillips (one sack, five tackles) while the team registered four tackles for a loss. This is quite an improvement considering the Bolts marked only two sacks in the first two games.
What Didn't Work
--The Jets' special teams gave the Bolts fits as KR Leon Washington displayed just why he was the first alternate to the Pro Bowl last season. Washington averaged 39.4 yards on five returns Monday night -- one of which was a 94-yard return that ended with a touchdown-saving tackle by rookie CB Antoine Cason.
--The Bolts also allowed the Jets to cause some trouble with their onsides kicks. The Jets nearly recovered a surprise onsides kick in the second quarter when the ball slipped through the hands of WR Legedu Naanee, although LB Marques Harris eventually secured the ball. In the fourth quarter, Cromartie muffed an onsides kick while playing on the hands team, resulting in a Jets recovery.
--Even though LaDainian Tomlinson scored his first two touchdowns of the season, his toe is still not 100 percent. LT averaged only 2.6 yards per carry against the Jets, compared to his average of 4.7 yards last season.
--The Bolts head to Oakland to visit the Raiders on Sunday. As the Bolts try and bring their record to 2-2, they will field a slightly altered roster. The Bolts signed six-year NFL veteran DT Ian Scott and released rookie CB DeJuan Tribble.