San Diego Chargers: Are the Bolts Finally Starting To Show Their Potential?

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San Diego Chargers: Are the Bolts Finally Starting To Show Their Potential?
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Back in San Diego, the Chargers took advantage of a bad team and even got to sit their starting quarterback, Philip Rivers, before this 41-10 beat down was over.

Rivers had a solid day as did tight end Antonio Gates who the Cardinals' apparently had never heard of, or maybe they didn't know what number he was, because Gates ran wide open most of the day, finishing with seven catches for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Also getting on the board for his first career NFL touchdown was rookie running back Ryan Mathews who returned to the field from a sprained ankle that kept him out of last week's game against Seattle.

The Chargers eased Mathews back into the fold, still finishing with 55 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. But he was overshadowed by a solid day from Mike Tolbert who had 100 rushing yards exactly on 16 carries and a touchdown of his own.

While you can say Gates had the biggest game, I would argue that the game ball would go to linebacker Shaun Phillips who not only had an interception return for a touchdown, but he had four sacks on the game as well.

Are the Chargers starting to show their potential, or are they just a fair weather team? That's yet to be seen, but here are a few observations and thoughts on their offense going forward.

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