There were however, some bright spots in the game... some.
There were some individual performances in Sunday's drubbing that do warrant taking notice.
- Daryl Smith had another solid outing coming off his AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Smith ended the day with 7 tackles, 2 for loss, and a sack. Yeah, he gave up a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates, but no linebacker in the NFL could have prevented that touchdown.
- Safety Courtney Greene got his first start of his career and made the most of it. I said before the game he's a guy to watch and a guy the coaching staff is really high on, and he showed you why. Greene forced two turnovers, an interception and forced a fumble on a hit in which he brought the lumber. Greene ended the day leading the team in tackles, despite going down with an injury at one point. All indications are though, he'll be just fine.
- Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker rebounded from a donut performance against the Denver Broncos to catch 10 passes on 12 targets for 109 yards and a late touchdown from David Garrard. Sims-Walker did have a fumble, but overall he had a nice rebound game.
- Tight end Marcedes Lewis continued off his two touchdown performance in Week 1 to catch 5 passes for 70 yards. He's getting more and more involved in the offense and he's proving to be a weapon.
- Rashad Jennings showed he's more than capable backing up Maurice Jones-Drew. Jennings ended the day with 9 carries for 38 yards (4.2 YPC) and 4 catches for 50 yards. We see now why the team was so excited about him all off-season.
- Aaron Kampman continues to look like he was more than worth the contract in free agency. He came close to getting another sack, but Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was able to get the ball out before he was "down", though it was debatable. The stats say Kampman only hit Rivers once, but I swear it was more than that. Kampman also made a nice play when he dropped into coverage forcing an incomplete pass to tight end Antonio Gates.
- I thought the offensive line as whole continued to play well. Guard Justin Smiley was beat on one of the sacks, but overall the line allowed only 4 quarterback hits on 42 pass attempts.
- Josh Scobee remains perfect on the season after nailed two 40+ yard field goals.