…is still better than the 1-3 from last season (wherein, may I remind you, that the Chargers ended up winning the division…)

Steelers 38, Chargers 28

I have to admit that I didn’t really expect San Diego to win with all of the trouble they’ve had in Pittsburgh and I had written off the game at halftime; however, I do have to say that I, again, am proud of the team for continuing to play their hearts out and make a game of it.  I’d really like to know what Norv said in the locker room at halftime.

Philip Rivers (21/36, 354 yds, 3 TDs) was great in the 2nd half and it was nice to see Antonio Gates (9 receptions, 124 yds, 2 TDs) back to form.  The running game never really got off the ground, even with LaDainian Tomlinson’s return, primarily due to the continued lack of an offensive line.

Special teams proved valuable as usual, especially with Jacob Hester’s forced fumble/snatched-out-of-the-hands 41-yd TD. I was hoping that Darren Sproles would have broken that last KR after the Reed FG for a TD.

Defensively, the loss of Jamal Williams continues to hurt the virtually nonexistent defensive line.  The Chargers need to fix that mess during their bye next week as they host the unusually-good Denver Broncos on MNF week 6.  Antonio Cromartie needs to read the rule book during the bye as well as his 3 penalties were far too costly.