Wrap-up: Chargers 26, Dolphins 16

October, 2, 2011
10/02/11
7:31
PM PT
A look at a tidy win by the Chargers.

What does it mean: The Chargers are 3-1. They have to be ecstatic to get to the first quarter pole with a winning record, knowing their recent history of stumbling into the season. The Chargers haven’t been perfect, but this is a nice start by a team that is dealing with a lot of injuries.

Tomorrow’s talker: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers played well. He threw for 307 yards and he was not intercepted. Rivers threw six turnovers in the first three games and he was shaky at times. Sunday, he was solid as he led the Chargers to a 411-yard offensive performance.

Trending: Larry English had two sacks. Yes, Larry English. The No. 16 overall pick of the 2009 draft has had a very slow start to his NFL career. The Chargers are dying to find another pass-rusher. If English can keep pressuring the quarterback, it’d be a huge boost to the defense.

What’s next: San Diego plays at Denver on Sunday. If the Chargers can win that game and go into their bye week 4-1, it will do a lot to erase the pain of past slow starts.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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TEAM LEADERS

PASSING
Philip Rivers
ATT COMP YDS TD
544 378 4478 32
RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
R. Mathews 285 1255 4.4 6
D. Woodhead 106 429 4.0 2
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
K. Allen 71 1046 14.7 8
A. Gates 77 872 11.3 4