--RB LaDainian Tomlinson finally got back into the groove after weeks of performing far below his capabilities. Topping the century mark for just the second time in the last 12 games, he closed Sunday's contest with 19 carries for 105 yards. He also added five catches for season-high 65 yards. After an incredible 40-yard run in the second quarter, LT ended the drive with a 12-yard catch for his first receiving touchdown of the season.
TE Antonio Gates
--The Bolts' offense excelled as Rivers hit on 25-of-40 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns. The Bolts recorded 451 total yards versus the Saints' 409 yards.
--Vincent Jackson has burst onto the scene. He grabbed four balls for 60 yards plus a touchdown on Sunday. It was his fourth score of the season, just two short of his career-high. Although he dropped a deep pass that could have ended in 72-yard touchdown, he has now caught a touchdown in each of the last three games.
--RB Darren Sproles paced the special teams once again, gaining more than 200 yards on eight kickoff returns. Of course, a lot of that good work fell by the wayside when he lost his first fumble of the season.
What Didn't Work
--Apparently, the Chargers left their discipline back in the States. Penalties were a huge factor in the Bolts' loss against the Saints. The Chargers were called for 14 penalties, which cost them 134 yards. Committing two turnovers hardly helped the Bolts turn the game in their favor. The Saints were penalized eight times fewer than the Chargers.
--The Bolts failed to record a sack or an interception for the second consecutive week. With plenty of time to throw, Saints QB Drew Brees landed 30-of-41 passes for 339 yards plus three touchdowns. He completed six passes for 19 yards or more, three of which were for 30 yards or more. While the Bolts entered the game ranked last in the NFL against the pass, the numbers produced on Sunday certainly won't help their standing.
--Just one year ago, the Bolts' led the NFL with 49 takeaways. Hardly displaying that production this season, they have marked just one in their last three games.
Now burdened with a 3-5 record, the Bolts have next week off and look ahead to turn around their play. They will spend the second half of their season hosting five of their final eight games, including four of the next five.