SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers are blessed with an elite quarterback.
Philip Rivers has thrown for an NFL-best 2,452 yards through seven games, the third-most through the first seven games in NFL history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
He is on pace to finish with 5,604 yards, which would break the single-season record of 5,477 set by Peyton Manning in 2013.
Those are eye-popping numbers by Rivers, but the Chargers have just two wins to show for it.
The Chargers have thrown the ball 67 percent of the time so far this season. In 2013, the Chargers went 10-1 when they ran the ball at least 27 times. San Diego has reached that threshold just twice in seven games this year.
"I still feel like it will take more work,” Oliver said about his expanded role Sunday. “We’ve just got to keep sticking together and keep going.”
Oliver played a season-high 33 snaps against the Raiders, finishing with 35 rushing yards while averaging 3.9 yards per carry. It was the first game Oliver got into any kind of rhythm since leading the Chargers with 582 rushing yards last season.
The Chargers scored 23 points in garbage time against the Raiders. And while those points against a vanilla Oakland defense seem insignificant, the Chargers rushed for 56 yards in the second half, establishing some momentum that they could build on against Baltimore Ravens.
“That was like the foundation we laid yesterday [Sunday],” guard Orlando Franklin said. “Unfortunately we lost. But we scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, and that’s phenomenal in this league. So I feel like the sky’s the limit for this team, and we’ve just got to continue to get better.”
Here’s a closer look at the snap counts for the Chargers from Week 7:
OFFENSE (Based on 90 snaps)
Quarterback: Philip Rivers 90.
Running back: Danny Woodhead 41, Branden Oliver 33, Melvin Gordon 15.
Offensive analysis: San Diego pass-catchers lead the NFL with 1,392 yards after the catch. … Fluker leads the offense with seven penalties, including four for holding. … The Chargers have been outscored 108-59 in the first half so far this season. ... Rivers completed 6-of-11 passes for 48 yards, a touchdown and an interception on third down against the Raiders. Rivers was not sacked, posting a 58.1 passer rating on third down. ... Rivers threw for 213 yards in the fourth quarter, the most passing yards he’s had in any quarter in his NFL career.
DEFENSE (Based on 62 snaps)
Defensive analysis: The Chargers have given up 41 points off of 13 turnovers this season, tied for No. 23 in the NFL. ... Flowers leads the defense with seven penalties through seven games. ... The Chargers are allowing a league-worst 6.46 yards per play. ... Derek Carr finished 6-of-8 for 71 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions on third down against the Chargers. He was not sacked, posting a 100.0 passer rating on third down.