Sep 272012
 

Last week: 7 (+0)

Record: 2-1

So maybe these are the same old early season Chargers. They beat up on bad teams like last year, but got destroyed against a very good Falcons team. The good news is they should get better as the season goes on, as well, and they’re getting healthier. Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews were back last week and Jared Gaither could be back this week. He’d be a huge boost to an offensive line that ranks 30th in the league in pass block efficiency, thanks, in large part, to an undrafted rookie left tackle. They still lead the AFC West thanks to a Denver loss and I think they’ll finish right above the Broncos and win the division.

Studs

MLB Donald Butler: 8 solo tackles, 2 assists, 6 stops, 1 missed tackle, allowed 2 catches for 14 yards on 4 attempts

Duds

QB Philip Rivers: 21 of 38 for 173 yards and 2 interceptions, 3 drops, 1 throw away, 1 hit as thrown, 59.7 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 20 of 40 drop backs (1 sack, 1 scramble, 7 of 18, 2 interceptions, 1 throw away, 1 hit as thrown, 2 drops)

LT Michael Harris: Allowed 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits, and 3 quarterback hurries on 40 pass block snaps, run blocked for 1 yard on 1 attempt

LG Tyronne Green: Allowed 3 quarterback hurries on 40 pass block snaps, run blocked for 3 yards on 1 attempt

TE Antonio Gates: 3 catches for 22 yards on 7 attempts on 36 pass snaps, 1.7 YAC per catch, 2 interceptions, 1 drop

RE Corey Liuget: Did not record a pressure on 30 pass rush snaps, no tackles

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