--The biggest mismatch came in air against a Titans defense that ranked No. 31 versus the pass. The Chargers took full advantage with Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson all having big games. Rivers completed more than 70 percent of his passes for the fifth time in the last seven games; Gates caught his fifth TD in the last five games; and Jackson led the team with five receptions. If Jackson gains 33 yards next week and Gates gains 55, the Bolts will have two 1,200-yard receivers for the first time since 1980 when John Jefferson (1,340) and Kellen Winslow (1,290) did it. Charlie Joiner, now the receivers coach in San Diego, also topped 1,000 yards in that magical 1980 season (1,132).
--LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles combined for five touchdowns, yet neither led the team in rushing. That honor went to Mike Tolbert, who filled in during the fourth quarter and ran 11 times for 60 yards (5.5 ypc). Tomlinson (3.7 ypc) and Sproles (7.6 ypc) both averaged at least 3.7 yards per attempt for the second straight week, the first time that's happened this season.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson
--The lopsided score allowed the Chargers to give extended playing time to newcomers and youngsters. Veteran RT Jon Runyan worked two series with the starters before playing the entire fourth quarter with the second string. On defense, Antonio Garay made his debut with Jacques Cesaire (elbow) out and held Chris Johnson to a 1-yard gain on his lone tackle. Rookies Tyronne Green, Vaughn Martin and James Holt all logged significant minutes.
--Johnson entered Friday's game needing 135 yards to stay on pace for a 2,000-yard season. Amazingly, he got more than he needed despite getting just 21 carries. Johnson also caught three passes; amongst his 24 total touches, a quarter of them went for at least 10 yards. He finished with 179 yards from scrimmage and is now 75 yards away from breaking Marshall Faulk's record for most yards from scrimmage in a single season (2,429).
--Marcus McNeill drew a season-high three penalties, including one that negated a beautiful 52-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd. The Chargers wound up scoring a touchdown on the drive anyway courtesy a 3-yard run by Sproles, but anyone who had Floyd on their fantasy team was no doubt cursing McNeill's name. Floyd finished with three catches for 55 yards.
--Shawne Merriman, despite being motivated by his much-publicized dislike of the Titans, could not get off the sack schneid. He has not posted a sack since he bagged a pair in a win over the New York Giants on Nov. 8. Amazingly, the Chargers rank in the top-10 in sacks (34) despite having only one player with more than four sacks this season -- that would be Shaun Phillips, who leads the team with seven.
The Chargers will try to improve to 3-0 this year against Norv Turner's former teams when they host the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The game has no significance in the standings for the Chargers, who have already clinched their division title and a first-round bye.
Turner told all his players to prepare to start, although that doesn't mean they will. Those nursing injuries -- such as Merriman (foot), Phillips (ankle), Travis Johnson (groin), Cesaire (elbow) and Legedu Naanee (foot) -- will likely be allowed to rest up for the playoffs. Cornerstone players such as Rivers, Tomlinson, Gates, Jackson, Sproles, Stephen Cooper and Quentin Jammer will make cameo appearances or not play at all.
The team's seven-player inactive list for the Redskins game will feature all first-string players. Turner will need his usual inactives (Garay, C.J. Spillman, Michael Bennett, Buster Davis and Dante Hughes) to play heavy minutes so that he can rest his top players as the game progresses.
Davis, the team's first-round pick in 2008, figures to see significant playing time after being inactive for the first 15 games of the season.
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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.