Antonio Gates & Ladarius Green
Wow! When the team is throwing to him, Antonio Gates completely changes how the San Diego Chargers offense operates.
When Gates was on the field along with Ladarius Green, the Pittsburgh Steelers were lost on how to cover everybody. When Danny Woodhead was added to the mix, it was easy pickings for Philip Rivers.
As the offensive line (hopefully) get healthier, this mix of playmakers may give them the same sort of offensive consistency that the team enjoyed in 2013 and could win them a few games they have no business winning.
Is there a more unexpected, surprise performance on the Chargers this season than Jerry Attaochu? He has progressed exactly as you'd hope from his rookie season.
This year, Attaochu is managing to stay healthy, and has bulked up enough to be an every-down linebacker (and a good one at that).
Through four games (he missed week 1), Attaochu is on pace for something close to 8 sacks and 60 tackles this year. Last year's sack leader? Corey Liuget with 4.5 sacks. So, yeah, Attaochu's performance has been helpful.
I left him out of Bolts & Dolts, perhaps mistakenly, but Verrett deserves a ton of praise for shutting down Antonio Brown for most of the night.
When he's able to stay healthy, Verrett is a flawless Cornerback. Zone coverage, man coverage, run defense....he can do it all and do it all well. Now, the Chargers fans wait to see if he can play for a few games in a row without ending up back on the injury report.