About the only nitpick could be that Tom Brady fell short of his franchise record of 517 yards, set in Week 1. Against the Chargers, Brady completes 31-of-40 passes for 423 yards -- tying the third highest mark in franchise history -- while throwing three TDs. Seven receivers have catches, including Chad Ochocinco after a week in the headlines.
The Patriots mix in the run to keep the Chargers honest and finish with a solid 3.8 yards per carry, piling up 94 yards on 25 trots. BenJarvus Green-Ellis shoulders the load with 17 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown.
The good: The defense pitched a shutout on Antonio Gates (0 catches) and forced Philip Rivers into two costly interceptions. The bad: The pass rush did little and the Chargers threw for 378 yards and two scores with Vincent Jackson (10 catches, 172 yards, 2 TDs) having a monster game.
Ryan Matthews produces 64 yards on 12 carries, but Mike Tolbert is held to just 10 yards on nine totes, and the Patriots produce a huge goal-line stand in the first half to help create a little breathing room along the way.
Nothing bad here -- Gostkowski made two field goals and the Chargers were quiet in the return game. But the Pats never takes advantage of San Diego's poor coverage teams, and punter Zoltan Mesko injures his kicking leg in the second half.
The Patriots erased Antonio Gates and forced the Chargers to try to beat them in other ways. The rotating of defensive players helped when injuries cropped up. The injury to Mesko led to a curious fourth-down decision, but overall the coaching was solid.