WR Malcom Floyd (Donald Miralle/Getty)
The San Diego Chargers racked up 20 second-half points and secured a 23-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. San Diego improves to 2-1 on the season and extracts revenge against a Dolphins squad that won last season’s meeting in Miami, 17-10.
--Philip Rivers topped the 300-yard barrier (303) on just 18 completions. The lofty average of 16.8 yards per completions was inflated by three longs balls, two going to Vincent Jackson (30, 55) and one to Malcom Floyd (47).
--Jackson finished the game with five receptions for 120 yards. The fifth-year wide-out is averaging more than 105 yards per game over the first three weeks of the season and is living up to all the offseason breakout buzz.
--Antonio Gates caught five passes for the third consecutive week, this time for 64 yards. However, he has yet to score this season after averaging roughly 10 TDs per season over the previous five years.
--WR Chris Chambers failed to catch a pass against his former team. Former Bolts WR Greg Camarillo hauled in two passes for 13 yards for the Dolphins.
--Brandyn Dombrowski lost several one-on-one battles with DL Kendall Langford, including one that resulted in a sack and another that led to a drive-stopping throw-away. The man he’s subbing for, third-round pick Louis Vasquez, may be able to return this week to face the aggressive blitz packages of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
--The Chargers knocked QB Chad Pennington from the game with a tough takedown right before intermission. Pennington, who had dominated the Chargers during four previous meetings, was unable to return in the second half. His backup, Chad Henne, finshed 10-of-19 for 92 yards and a pick.
--Eric Weddle grabbed his fourth career interception (third in the regular season) in the fourth quarter and returned it 31 yards for his first career pick-six. The score put San Diego ahead, 23-6, with less than six minutes remaining and all put sealed the victory.
--Shawne Merriman re-aggravated his groin injury during the game and did not return. The pass rush was effective without him, including a couple pressures from first-round pick Larry English, although the team finished with just one sack (Kevin Burnett).
--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 more than 5 yards per carry.
--Nate Kaeding missed a 41-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half, the second time in as many weeks the field-goal team has been booed as it jogged into the locker room for halftime. Kaeding is now 6-for-7 on the season with five of those makes coming from inside 30 yards.
Around the AFC West
--The Denver Broncos won a road game over the Oakland Raiders, 23-3. The Broncos lead the division at 3-0 while the Raiders reside in third at 1-2 (1-2 in the division). Denver has yet to allow a touchdown this season during its impressive start, although the Broncos figure to get their first real test next week when they host the Dallas Cowboys.
--The Kansas City Chiefs were blown out on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, 34-14. The Chiefs are in the AFC West cellar at 0-3.
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