Bolts & Dolts: Chargers Defeat the Chiefs in Week 4

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Each Monday morning, we go through the box score of the San Diego Chargers previous game and give attention to players that played above, or below, expectations.

Bolts

Quentin Jammer - 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble
I feel like that stat line needs to have "WITH HIS BROKEN HAND IN A CAST" written after it. Jammer might not be Darelle Revis, but he can certainly keep Jonathan Baldwin in check and add a lot to the run defense.

Donald Butler - 4 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown
I'm surprised "The Butler" had this few tackles. He seemed to be everywhere on Sunday, in on every tackle and covering every receiver over the middle. On one play, he was lined up as an OLB and jogged through the RB trying to block him to pick up that half-sack. Then there was his most crushing blow, when he didn't have to hit anyone at all.

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Jackie Battle - 15 carries, 39 rush yards, 1 rush TD, 4 catches, 42 rec yards, 1 rec TD
Jackie Battle is not on here because of his 2.6 yards-per-carry average. All in all, I am looking forward to Ryan Mathews returning to the starting role and getting those 25+ touches per game that Norv said he wanted to get him in training camp. However, Jackie Battle did do one thing yesterday that I didn't know he could do: He caught the football!

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Ronnie Brown - 3 catches, 50 rec yards
This is what Ronnie Brown was brought here to do. He looked like a polished receiver out of the backfield yesterday, and was a dangerous weapon when the Chargers needed him most. Keep doing that, and pairing it with good blocking, and Bolts fans will love you.

Melvin Ingram - 5 tackles (1 for loss), 1 defended pass
Ingram looks to be getting closer and closer to getting that first sack each week. This week, he was staring into the eyes of a nervous Matt Cassel before slipping and letting the Chiefs' QB scurry away. Still, Ingram provided pressure and looked good defending the run. He also was one of the most fun defenders to watch John Pagano move around, seemingly seeing time at all 7 non-secondary positions.

Nick Novak - 3/3 FGs, 4/4 XPs
Boy, the Chargers are lucky that nobody else seems to like Nick Novak but them. After Nate Kaeding was injured during practice this week, San Diego phoned Novak and had him making FGs from 24, 47 and 45 yards out on the road the next day. Without him, the Chargers are probably heading into the 4th quarter up by only 8 points.

Offensive Line
100+ rushing yards and 200+ passing yards. The Chargers hit those marks on offense 8 times in 2011 and won 7 of them (the 1 loss being "The Phumble" on Halloween in Arrowhead, which the Chargers should've won). It takes a strong effort from the offensive line to get both of those, and Jared Gaither's insertion into the lineup as the starting Left Tackle was the boost that this group needed. Rivers had time to throw and the running backs (usually) had lanes to run through. Things got a little less rosy in the second half, but one could blame that on Gaither's stamina. It was great to see the offensive line look like a stable unit for once, against a strong pass-rush too.

Charger players that played well, but within expectations: Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews, Antonio Gates, Atari Bigby, Antoine Cason, Eric Weddle

Dolts

Missed Tackles
My goodness, there were a lot of them. I'm pretty sure everyone on the defense got at least 1 missed tackle on this play:

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Le'Ron McClain - 2 carries, 4 rush yds, 1 catch, -2 rec yds
What a fine addition to the offense Le'Ron has been.

Robert Meachem - 0 catches (2 targets)
Yeah, the interception was a horribly thrown ball. I know. He could've fought for it a little more, though. I'm getting a little tired of waiting for Meachem to figure it out, so I'm counting down until the return of Vincent Brown (a little over 31 days).

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