Sunday, September 16, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Chargers 38, Titans 10
By Bill Williamson
Thoughts from the San Diego Chargers' thorough 38-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
What it means: The Chargers are 2-0 and are in first place in the AFC West. Kansas City and Oakland looked awful and both fell to 0-2; the Chargers shined and showed they are a team to watch in the AFC.
A complete win: The Chargers dominated the Titans in every phase of the game. The Chargers have to be feeling very good about themselves. They are getting it done without four key offensive players and their defense looks much improved. The Chargers have made few mistakes so far this season.
Rosario shines: With tight end Antonio Gates out with a rib injury, backup Dante Rosario caught three touchdown passes from Philip Rivers. It was the first time Rosario has caught a touchdown since 2009. It was the Chargers’ first three-touchdown game from a tight end since Gates did it in 2005.
Battle is tough: Running back Jackie Battle had 69 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He looks like he will be a solid backup when starter Ryan Mathews returns from a broken clavicle. Barring a setback, Mathews will likely play next week.
Red zone woes are over: Last week, the Chargers were 1-of-5 in the red zone. This week, the Chargers were much better. They scored five touchdowns in six trips into the red zone. Seeing such instant improvement is a strong sign for this team.
What’s next: The Chargers are the next stop on the Falcons’ AFC West tour. Atlanta won at Kansas City and hosts Denver on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football." The host Chargers hope to catch the Falcons tired after they travel across the country on a short week.