San Diego Chargers: 3 Big Positives Through Week 2

Alex RamirezCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2012

September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Members of the Seau family and Chargers executives pose for a picture after a jersey retirement ceremony prior to the game between the San Diego Chargers and the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
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4 Passing Touchdowns without Vincent Brown

The San Diego Chargers started the season with only three returning wide receivers, if you even count Richard Goodman a receiver. Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown were the only true receivers familiar with the Chargers.

San Diego will be without Vincent Brown till at least the halfway point of the season, yet they still find themselves converting efficiently in the pass game.

Malcom Floyd has been the MVP of the receivers, with over 100 yards and a touchdown after two games. The other three touchdowns have come from tight end Dante Rosario. Rosario filled in for Gates in Week 2 and eclipsed his career high for touchdowns in a season with three.

Quarterback Philip Rivers has had a little bit of trouble finding a way to get the ball to Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem other than one or two completions every now and then.

The Chargers called Vincent Brown the "best receiver on the team" earlier in the offseason. If San Diego can continue to be consistent in the pass game without Brown, they should be a very dangerous team when he returns. 


2-0 without Ryan Mathews

Besides a late explosion from Jackie Battle in Week 2, the Chargers' run game has been horrible. Ronnie Brown, who was declared the backup, has been the worst back on the roster.

The argument can be made that the offensive line isn't doing their job by opening up holes for the players, but the only guy actually running hard has been Jackie Battle. He was finally given the opportunity to shine with Ryan Mathews out. Battle should be the No. 1 backup to Mathews.

Despite the lack of run game, San Diego finds themselves 2-0 after wins against the scrappy Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.


Philip Rivers Is on His Feet More Than His Back

When the Chargers announced Mike Harris would start in place of Jared Gaither, fans expected the worst. The offensive line was bad enough and now an undrafted rookie was going protect our best player's blindside?

This feeling was spreading fast, but so far, Philip Rivers has been protected fairly decent. He's been sacked, including four times on Sunday, yet he has had time in the pocket for most of the season. If Mike Harris and the rest of the line continues to protect No. 17 the way they are, the Chargers should think about letting Jared Gaither walk, or maybe Jeromey Clary.