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Rounding Up the Bolts at the Bye

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Recapping the first seven weeks of action for the San Diego Chargers.

After seven weeks of action, here is what you need to know about the Bolts at the bye:

Key Numbers

30,023 - The number of passing yards in Philip Rivers’ career.  By surpassing 30,000 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Rivers became just the 37th player ever to top that plateau and the second Charger, joining Dan Fouts (43,040). He reached the milestone in his 123rd game, the fifth fastest ever. 

2,132 – Rivers’ passing yards through seven games.

761 – Net rushing yards through seven games.

446 – Yards rushed by team leader Ryan Mathews.

403 – The number of wins in franchise history.  The Bolts earned the 400th win in their Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. 

171 – Total number of first downs by the offense.

60 – Points scored by team leader Nick Novak.

49.4 – Third down completion percentage.

47 - Tackles by team leader Eric Weddle.

42 – Catches by team leader Antonio Gates.

40 – Catches by Danny Woodhead, the most by any running back in the NFL.

33:18  - The Bolts average time of possession.

20 – The number of sacks recorded by the defense, tied for eighth most in the league.

18 – Total number of touchdowns scored.

3 – Sacks by team leader Jarret Johnson.


The Chargers rank fifth in total offense (402.9 yards per game), sixth in passing (294.1 ypg), 15th in rushing (108.7 ypg) and 15th in points (24.0).

The Bolts rank 23rd in total defense (378.6 ypg), 26th in passing (273.1 ypg), 17th in rushing (105.4 ypg) and ninth in points allowed (20.6). 

Top Plays

Antonio Gates’ 56-yard touchdown vs. Cowboys -

Eddie Royal’s 16-yard quick strike touchdown vs. Eagles -

Ryan Mathews’ fingertip TD catch vs. Texans -

Danny Woodhead’s clutch 26-yard screen pass vs. Jaguars-

Keenan Allen’s 22-yard touchdown grab vs. Colts –

Vincent Brown’s Dive for the Pylon for a TD vs. Texans -

Crezdon Butler’s forced fumble at the goal line vs. Cowboys –

Nick Novak’s Game-Sealing FG  vs. Colts –

Danny Woodhead’s 26-yard wheel route TD vs. Cowboys –

Derek Cox’s pick to clinch the win vs. Colts –

Top Quotes

“I love the way our passing game has been.  It opens up our game plan because the coaches can rely on all of us.  Anything the coaching staff wants us to do we can do.  So that’s been fun and I think we’re doing a good job with it. Philip is confident in each one of us and it shows.” – Keenan Allen on the passing game

“It’s special. It’s an offensive accomplishment to me.  Nick Hardwick can say he’s been a part of all those yards with his protection.  And Jeromey Clary.  And Antonio Gates has been on the receiving end of a lot of those.  More than that, there’s still guys on this team that go back that were a part of that.   But it’s an offensive effort.  There are a lot of guys that are protecting before you get the ball off, and I’m not throwing it to myself.  So it is special and it means a lot.  It’s something all our offensive guys should take some pride in.  That’s something we did.  We were a part of a lot of yards.  It’s something when you win and you have a bye week, you enjoy a little longer than normal.” – Philip Rivers on passing for over 30,000 yards

“Philip is amazing.  The amount of talent in this league over the years, it shows what kind of quarterback he is.  To see what he can do, it’s an amazing thing.  I’m happy for him.  The amount of work he puts in is incredible.  He deserves it.” – Vincent Brown on Philip Rivers passing for over 30,000 yards

“One of those things too that’s been a big emphasis is getting after the quarterback.   We didn’t do that early in the season and got exposed a little bit because you can only cover for so long.  It’s not easy in this league.  If you don’t get any rush on the quarterback it’s tough.  The DB’s are on an island back there.  So if you don’t get after them it’s tough.  I think they did a great job (today).  There were a lot of second efforts out there today.” – Mike McCoy on season-high six sacks vs. Jacksonville

“Just to have that moment to lock the game in and feel clutch and have the stadium erupt around you, and that bit of psychological warfare that kickers go through, that was a big moment for him.  It was a momentous moment.  It was big for him and for us as a team.  We have all the confidence in him as does the coaching staff to go out there and kick a 50-yarder to ice the game.  That’s awesome. That was unbelievable for him, and us, and we couldn’t be happier for him with all he’s been through to get to this point in his career.” – Nick Hardwick on Nick Novak’s 50-yard field goal vs. Indianapolis.

"You earn that (confidence from a quarterback) as a receiver. You develop that as a quarterback with a receiver over time. He was awesome.  I don’t know how many catches he ended up with tonight, but he was really good because they came in the game and they said they were trying to take (Antonio) Gates away.  Gradually each week, he’s becoming more and more involved.” – Philip Rivers on Keenan Allen after another breakout game vs. Indianapolis

“It shows what we’re capable of.  We put our minds to it, listen to our coaches and we believe.  That’s the biggest thing with us, is the confidence.  We’re so young that a lot of times when tough things happen that it tends to go the wrong way.  As long as we always believe in each other and never turn our back on each other and continue to grind – it’s a long 60-minute game.  We never know what can happen in the ups and downs of the game.  For us as older guys, we just keep stressing that, to believe in each other and believe in this team, believe in this offense and special teams.  When it comes down to the fourth quarter, we’ve got to make a play to win.” – Eric Weddle after big win over the Colts

“We know that if we get 24 rolling, he’s hard to stop. He’s strong.  He did a great job of getting his head on a hat.  Ryan got over 100 yards for the second straight game, but we’re not satisfied.  We want this to become a regular thing. That’s the goal.” – Le’Ron McClain on Ryan Mathews after Mathews’ second straight 100-yard rushing game

“Once again we had to shuffle the deck up front. I think (Offensive Line Coach) Joe (D’Alessandris) and the staff did a great job of moving guys around.  Unfortunately the week we go down to seven linemen we lose two of them in a hurry, (but) that’s all a part of it.  We’ve just got to keep shuffling the deck, and that’s a great job by the coaches and the players of stepping up.  That goes back to the days of training camp.  The dog days of just grinding it out with five guys and moving guys around so they deserve a lot of credit.” – Mike McCoy on offensive line after win over Jaguars

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