2. Rivers wasn't the only player logging more runs than usual. Darren Sproles (nine) and Jacob Hester (seven) also set new season-highs in rushing attempts, helping the Chargers pile up a season-best 158 yards on the ground.
WR Vincent Jackson
4. Antonio Gates averages only 16 yards per game over the last four contests –- Jackson and Floyd average more than that per reception. Gates has not scored a touchdown since Nov. 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs; if he fails to score in the rematch with Kansas City, it will mark his longest scoring drought since his rookie season in 2003.
5. Gates' lackluster season only highlights the depth problems the Chargers have at tight end. Brandon Manumaleuna and Kris Wilson, who has yet to be active this season, are both H-backs more than true tight ends. The only other receiving option San Diego had at the position, TE Scott Chandler, is on injured-reserve with a toe injury.
6. Nick Hardwick played a whale of a game against Raiders DT Terdell Sands, who had eaten Hardwick's lunch in the previous meeting. When these teams met in Week 4, Sands finished with two sacks and five solo tackles. On Thursday, Sands recorded just two tackles as Hardwick kept the pocket clean.
LB Shaun Phillips
8. The Chargers inside linebackers kept pace with their most productive outing of the season. Stephen Cooper (two) and Matt Wilhelm combined for three interceptions, with the Chargers netting 10 points off those turnovers. Cooper finished tied for the team lead with seven total tackles.
9. Steve Gregory made the second start of his career in place of Clinton Hart (shoulder) and led the team with six solo tackles. Although Gregory lacks the big-hitting skills and exceptional athleticism of the league's top safeties, he's an intelligent player who's rarely caught out of position.
10. The Chargers have gotten back to their turnover-inducing ways, setting a season-high with four against the Raiders. The Chargers have recorded seven takeaways over the last two games without committing a single turnover.
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.