"We still feel the guys we have in there, even banged up, and the guys that are healthy, that we can go in there and score points and go out there and win games," Rivers said. "I think that's the frustrating part. We walk off the field and go, ‘How is this happening?'"
2. While injuries serve as obstacles for the team, they often provide opportunities for individual players. No player has taken advantage of those opportunities more than Malcom Floyd. The lengthy third-year receiver has seven catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns over the last two weeks. His strong play ensures he will remain in the rotation even after Chambers and Davis return.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson
"We've got to have more opportunities," LT said. "I think that's obvious. When you don't get opportunities, you don't get in a rhythm of running the football."
4. Tomlinson isn't the only All Pro struggling to find his stride. TE Antonio Gates is on pace to finish the season with 55 catches for 701 yards, which would easily represent his worst season since his rookie year in 2003. Over the last four years, Gates has averaged 79 catches for 993 yards and 10 scores.
5. L.J. Shelton has been a solid pickup for the Chargers, even if it isn't evidenced in the standings. Shelton stepped in for Marcus McNeill for a stint on Sunday and the offense didn't miss a beat. Unfortunately, the Chargers lost the game, just as they lost the two games Shelton started earlier in the year.
CB Quentin Jammer
7. Sacks, like interceptions, often come in bunches. No player can better attest to that fact than Shaun Phillips, who has now gone two games without a sack. Phillips racked up three sacks between Weeks 3 and 5, but those are his only sacks of the season as he struggles to cope with the extra attention that used to go to Shawne Merriman.
"A lot of times we were half a step away from a sack," said Phillips after Sunday's game. "Sometimes we get the sack. Sometimes we get the quarterback hit. It's not like the pass rushing has gone bad. It's not one particular thing. It's the back end holding up as well as the front end."
8. The lack of a pass rush has exposed a San Diego secondary that either (1) was vastly overrated, or (2) is horribly underperforming. A combination of soft zones and missed tackles has allowed opponents to pick the Chargers apart with short to intermediate passes. Bills QB Trent Edwards completed 25-of-30 passes (83.3 percent) against the Chargers, with only three of those going more than 20 yards.
9. First-round pick Antoine Cason suffered through his worst game as a pro, missing a pair of crucial tackles on third downs. Cason started his career with a bang, forcing turnovers in his first two games, but has gone quiet since. Cason can ill afford an elongated slumber, as dime back Cletis Gordon is itching for more playing time.
10. P Mike Scifres' attempt at history is fading fast. Scifres came into the season gunning for Sammy Baugh's 68-year-old record of averaging 51.4 yards per punt over an entire season. Scifres was on pace to break the mark after five games, but after averaging less than 40 yards per punt against both the New England Patriots and the Bills, Scifres' average has dipped to 48.9 yards.
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.