The Chargers continue their brutal road trip after a demoralizing loss 40-10 to the Steelers and travel to the dog pound to face another AFC North team. The Browns came into this game with a huge win to start the season over the Ravens and were hungry to get another win at home. It was rainy night and there would be some hard hitting in the one. After Rivers threw 5 picks in the season opener the Chargers hit the practice field to familiarize themselves with their new playbook. The new offensive coordinator took full responsibility for the poor play-calling in week one and he was itching to right the ship and give the Chargers a better chance to win. Everything started off smoothly for the Chargers as their mixture of run and pass got them a strong 14 point lead in the first quarter. Rivers looked reinvented and comfortable in the spread offense. Matthews was running strongly between the tackles and managed to hold on to the ball! However, the Browns wouldn't roll over in this one mounting a solid two quick scores (one was a deep TD pass to their newly aquired rookie WR who is having a roaring start to the season, and another was a quick score after a sack fumble on Rivers in their own territory. The teams went into halftime tied 21-21. The second half The Chargers flexed their muscles on defense and shut down the running game which amassed over 150 yards last week. Richardson was limited to only 40 yards on about 13 carries! The Chargers forced a few punts in the second half which was the difference in this one since the Chargers continued to have success offensively while the Browns stalled in the second half. Long sustained drives behind the legs of Matthews fueled the success of the Chargers which led to a 41-28 victory. Player of the game: Phillip Rivers 300 yards 4TD 1INT. Rivers showed ability once again that he can throw the ball and limit turnovers. He credited the time on the practice field to be the difference between his 5 interception game he had last week. Ryan Matthews played tremendously as well rushing for 140 yards on 25 carries and 1 TD. LE Lawrence Jackson had 3 sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception as well! This was a lights out performance and would of normally a player of the game performance but with the way Rivers has been playing the past few years.....His performance was something of a breakthrough game that deserved special recognition. GG bjbdahitman, I was surprised to see you go away from the ground and pound clock consuming game like you had against the Ravens (32 min to 8). However, on the positive side, Freeman had a great game in the air and your rookie WR is a beast! I think the AFC North is going to be very competitive this season with the Browns now seriously in the mix after the transformation of the program from the ground up. Best CB duo in the league, a solid young RB, and an elite QB now makes the Browns a force to be reckoned with.