--Philip Rivers passed for 303 yards against the Miami Dolphins. Combined with his 436-yard performance against the Baltimore Ravens the week earlier, Rivers has authored the best two-week stretch by a Chargers quarterback in more than 20 years (739 yards). Rivers leads the NFL with 991 passing yards.
WR Vincent Jackson
--TE Antonio Gates is quietly delivering another superb season. Grabbing five receptions in each of his first three games, Gates ranks fifth amongst tight ends in receptions (15) and third in yards (225). Gates has turned 80 percent of his catches into first downs, the best percentage of all AFC tight ends with at least four catches.
--LB Kevin Burnett served up his best outing of the season, leading the team with nine tackles and grabbing the Chargers' only sack. He also provided the hit that changed the game -- and Miami's season -- when he pushed down Chad Pennington and knocked him from the game. Pennington is now expected to miss the season with a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder.
--FS Eric Weddle scored the second touchdown of his career -- and first off a pick -- when he returned a Chad Henne pass 31 yards for the deciding score with less than six minutes to play. The Chargers are letting Weddle freelance more this season and the move paid off when he broke in front of a quick-out by Davone Bess.
What Didn't Work
--The Bolts rank last in the AFC in rushing yards per game (66.3) and are averaging just 2.8 ypc. The team's much heralded depth at running back has yet to show up. Michael Bennett has averaged just six carries per game in LaDainian Tomlinson's absence, while hybrid Jacob Hester has only rushed the ball twice this season.
OT Marcus McNeill
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--The Chargers are not getting full return on all of their investments at the receiver position. Buster Davis, a first-round pick in 2007, has been inactive in every game so far this season and figures to stay that way barring an injury. Chris Chambers, who was acquired for a second-round pick midway through the 2007 season, has caught just two passes for 30 yards this year and currently the team's fourth-best receiver behind Jackson, Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee.
--San Diego's run defense was suspect again as Miami rolled up 149 net yards rushing on 31 running plays (4.8 ypc). The Chargers have allowed an average of more than 142 net rushing yards over the first three weeks and are permitting over 5 ypc.
--Shawne Merriman was able to play only a handful of snaps on his injured groin. He has already said he plans to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team won't make a final decision on his availability until later in the week. Merriman, who hasn't recorded a sack since the ‘07 season, is hardly making the most of his contract year with his off-field transgressions and on-field struggles.
The Chargers will head to Pittsburgh to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers. The Bolts last traveled to Heinz Field during last season's playoffs and came home on the wrong end of a 35-24 decision. San Diego will seek revenge under the bright lights of prime time as the teams collide on Sunday Night Football.
The game is billed as a clash between '04 draft picks Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. However, the real story is San Diego's quest to take a winning record into its bye week, where the team's many walking wounded can get some much-needed rest.
The Steelers come into the game at 1-2, having lost consecutive games to the Chicago Bears (17-14) and Cincinnati Bengals (23-20). The champs will be eager to disprove talk of a "Super Bowl hangover" and avoid falling to an unthinkable 1-3.
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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. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.