After letting the Chargers drive 94 yards to end the half for a TD -- including an ill-fated three-man rush on third-and-18 -- Mike Zimmer's philosophy was obvious: Blitz, blitz, blitz, repeat. It worked to disrupt Rivers' quick passing game. The quarterback entered completing over 81 percent of his passes. He completed just 62 percent of his 34 passes Sunday with a pick-six and a fumble against a furious pass rush.
- It took some time for Adrian Peterson to get rolling, but the bruising back bulldozed defenders in the second half. On the first carry from scrimmage in the third quarter, Peterson destroyed a defender with a stiff arm, then ran through Eric Weddle like the safety was invisible for a 43-yard TD. Peterson scored twice on the day. He hadn't had a touchdown since 2013. All Day had 126 yards on the ground.
- Teddy Bridgewater struggled early, often throwing off his back foot. He steadied himself later when the ground game got going. Through three games, it's clear that Teddy needs the running game to grind out yards and allow him to manage situations. When Norv Turner calls passes early, Bridgewater looks erratic.