What we learned about the Chargers:
1. Those waiting for running back Melvin Gordon's breakout game need to show some more patience. Gordon, the team's first-round pick, was benched after his second fumble went out of bounds. He had lost a fumble earlier in the game, the fourth he has given away this season. Gordon is still minus a 100-yard rushing game and hasn't rushed for a touchdown. "You can't put the ball on the ground," coach Mike McCoy said. "You are not going to play if you put the ball on the ground. Gordon finished with 55 yards on 12 carries.
2. Philip Rivers has the look of a player resigned to being surrounded by ineptness. His offensive line is banged-up, his receivers are nondescript -- save tight end Antonio Gates -- and he has no running game to lean on. "He's the best quarterback in the league," wide receiver Malcom Floyd said. "We just got to do better supporting him and making plays. It's kind of sad not being there for him because he is so good." Rivers was 18 of 35 for 202 yards, with a pick-6.
3. General manager Tom Telesco was awarded a contract extension but coach Mike McCoy wasn't. McCoy is 21-23 in nearly three seasons. "I am happy for Tom but I was not offered a contract," McCoy said. Does McCoy anticipate returning, wherever the Chargers might play in 2016. "I am worrying about this week," he said.
--WR Dontrelle Inman was immobilized before leaving on a cart after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Denver SS David Bruton Jr. The early signs were that Inman was going to be all right. "The initial evaluation is that everything came out negative," coach Mike McCoy said. "Before they took him away, he was moving his hands and his feet." Inman was playing more after injuries to Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd; Floyd has returned to action.
--CB Brandon Flowers was brought back when he was kept off the free-agent market. But it's been an uneven season for Flowers, who has been burned on numerous occasions. Some of that could be because of a balky knee, which has bothered him since camp. Flowers went down on Sunday, clutching his leg. He was unable to get to his feet and had to exit on a cart. Flowers, who doesn't have an interception this season, had one tackle before leaving.
--RB Donald Brown was on the field and that's been a rare occurrence this season. Brown, who was signed as a free agent two years ago, has steadily seen his playing time dwindle. But he got a carry midway through the game and then when Melvin Gordon was benched for fumbling, it was Brown taking up the slack. Brown collected 26 yards on seven carries. Brown entered the game with just five rushes for 15 yards on the season.