OT Marcus McNeill
3. Speaking of extensions, the Chargers will have tough choices to make at receiver. Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers and Malcom Floyd are all nearing contract years. The Chargers will likely retain two of the three, but the choice isn't easy. Chambers led the way with six catches against the Indianapolis Colts; Jackson is on pace for his first 1,000-yard season; and Floyd has a great rapport with Rivers.
4. The emergence of San Diego's receivers has minimized Antonio Gates' impact on the offense. Gates has been held to less than 40 yards combined over the last two games and has averaged less than 10 yards per catch in every contest this month. Of course, the Colts always excel at stopping Gates. Gates has been held under 30 yards receiving in each of his last four games against the Colts.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson
6. The good news for the running game: Jacob Hester has been pulled out of witness protection. Finally forced into the fray because of an injury to Mike Tolbert, Hester responded with three catches for 16 yards and a crucial score. And even though Hester is almost 20 pounds lighter than Tolbert, he held his own as a blocker, as well. Hester blocks with more positioning than power, but sticks to his man.
7. Quentin Jammer, who averages exactly one interception every eight games, has two picks in his last three regular season games against Peyton Manning. On Sunday, Jammer made a great play to pick off a pass intended for Marvin Harrison, which the Chargers quickly turned into seven points. It was great to see Jammer shine under the lights, as his stellar play this season has gone largely unnoticed.
NT Jamal Williams
9. The defensive line made noise off the field, as well. The Chargers promoted DE Keith Grennan from the practice squad Saturday, releasing Tra Battle to make room on the active roster. Grennan was active over DL Ian Scott as the Chargers fulfilled a promise first reported here nearly three months ago (Click here for more). Also noteworthy is that Igor Olshansky came off the bench for the first time since 2005 as the Chargers opened in a 2-4-5 nickel formation.
10. Another change in the starting lineup included playing Matt Wilhelm over Tim Dobbins. Wilhelm is the team's best coverage linebacker and has responded well since being dropped from the starting lineup in Week 6. The Chargers also got a strong game out of Stephen Cooper, who -- despite giving up a touchdown to Dominic Rhodes -- played a huge role in coordinating San Diego's defense.
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.