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Chargers Beat Raiders: What We Learned

By Ernie Padaon

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Here are a few things that we could have learned from the San Diego Chargers game this weekend:

Malcom Floyd Would Win A Dunk Contest Against Antonio Gates (and Vernon Davis)Malcom grabbed a touchdown pass from Philip Rivers and for his celebration dunked the ball with ease over the cross bar with a little spice. Antonio Gates didn’t get enough lift to snag his touchdown pass from Philip and it clanked off of his hands. Maybe Gates can prove us wrong after scoring his next touchdown by celebrating with a dunk over the crossbar. Just go up and 360 dunk that ball! It can’t get any worse than Vernon Davis’ attempt this weekend:You see how he tried to play it off, like he meant to do that?

John Pagano Will Get After the QuarterbackWe wanted him to bring more defenders and to bring pressure and he did just that. There were times that Pagano loaded up and sent people at Carson Palmer, but each time it seemed that they got their a little late. The defense was finally able to penetrate through late in the game with Donald Butler and Shaun Phillips cracking Carson a few times. The pressure was there, but we need to get there a little earlier. Lots of potential in the crew.

Philip Rivers Can Play Like Trent DilferWe didn’t need Philip to play like a superstar on Monday Night, we just needed him to control the game and to protect the football. He didn’t have the luxury of a running game and was asked to move the ball through the air. He didn’t force anything and we didn’t have any turnovers. Some games we will need that hero to show up, but Monday we just needed Philip to play like Trent.

Ronnie Brown is 210 years old (in dog years)Running backs go from age 29 to age 75 in one season. Brown has hit the 75 year old mark and might not have any thing left in the gas tank. Curtis Brinkley looked a little more spry and could be prepared to take more carries this weekend. Can’t wait till Ryan Mathews is back in the lineup. Brown has to step his game up quick.