Found November 01, 2013 on This Given Sunday:
It’s rare for a division in the NFL to push three teams into the playoffs. Usually, the top two teams in any given division beat up on the bottom two enough to put those unfortunate teams out of the running in the playoffs, but occasionally, it does happen. Right now, the strongest division in football is unquestionably the AFC West. The Raiders, the division’s worst performer, is just one game away from the .500 mark, and even they’re in the running for a playoff position. Still, one of the most under-the-radar teams continues to be the San Diego Chargers who have found themselves in good position after an inconsistent start to their season. Philip Rivers often receives much of the blame for the Chargers’ failures when they don’t perform up to par, but he’s also the engine that drives their offense. Without him, the team never gets off the ground. Even so, the Chargers’ defense may take the show by the end of the season. Although they haven’t been particularly spectacular,...

Keenan Allen drawing rave reviews from teammates

Keenan Allen's rookie campaign isn't just impressing teammates -- it's leaving some flabbergasted. Just ask Antonio Gates. "I knew he was good, but I've never seen this," Gates said of the Chargers' first-year receiver. "I didn't think it would evolve this fast. He is making plays in the game, and I'm like, 'Wow.' ... "You...

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram still weeks away

It has been 5+ weeks since San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram was placed on the physically unable to perform list. He is still not ready to go per team sources. The Chargers outside linebacker continues to rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered this year. His expected return date is Nov. 19, […]

Chargers' QB can't miss; Redskins' RG3 looks human

If Philip Rivers' passing stats look familiar, it's because they used to belong to Robert Griffin III. At least it looks that way. Nothing Rivers throws seems to hit the ground or find the wrong-colored jersey. He leads the NFL in completion percentage, hitting 73.9 percent anchoring the offense installed by new coach Mike McCoy. Rivers has 15 touchdowns and five interceptions...

WR Rankings – Week Nine

WR Rankings – Week Nine Keenan Allen has solidified himself as the Chargers number one receiver and a top-25 talent in the league at his position. Allen comes in as a top ten option this week against Washington’s forgiving pass defense. Darrius Heyward-Bey finds himself ranked as a WR2 for week nine with a game against the Texans on the slate. We expect the Texans to focus on...

Chargers-Redskins Preview

Philip Rivers' revival has him again performing like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Robert Griffin III doesn't look to be anywhere close to approaching that lofty level. Rivers and the San Diego Chargers emerge from a bye in search of their first three-game winning streak in almost two years Sunday when they visit Griffin and the struggling Washington Redskins...

It’s A Baby Boom In San Diego

Running backs coach: Hey Danny, nice practice. Before I forget, I meant to congratulate you on the birth of your son. You must be so thrilled.Danny Woodhead: [voice cracking] Thanks, sir. It’s been a crazy week. We didn’t want a hospital birth, so the baby was delivered at skate park instead. My parents said I was an idiot afterward but it went down so smooth. Baby just slid...

San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins: 2013 Week 9 NFL Pick

San Diego Chargers (4-3) at Washington Redskins (2-5) One of the most powerful trends in the NFL says that road favorites dominate off of a bye, going 45-18 ATS since 2002. It makes sense. Road favorites are significantly superior teams and significantly superior teams tend to use the extra week very well and dominate their inferior opponent. The Chargers are road favorites in some...

Keenan Allen must handle success now

The drives he extended led to a touchdown and field goal, respectively. Tight end Antonio Gates shook his head in the locker room this week when discussing Allen's growth. A knee injury sidelined Allen for the end of his 2012 season at California. He was reportedly clocked at 4.71 seconds in his fastest pro-day attempt at the 40-yard dash, which didn't help his fall to...

Fantasy Football: Week 9 start ‘em sit ‘em RB

Start Ryan Mathews against the Redskins. Yes, start him. Mathews has 212 rushing yards over the last 2 weeks and the Chargers have won both games. Fantasy owners will want to get their value from Mathews before he breaks his collarbone, sternum, femur, or some other ridiculously difficult bone to break. Washington has allowed 6 touchdowns to opposing running backs in their last...

San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins: Three Bold Predictions

The San Diego Chargers are a well-rested team after coming off their bye week, as they head to our Nation's Capital to face the Washington Redskins this Sunday. It's the first time in a while that the Chargers come into a contest with a winning streak on the line, but can they maintain this newfound momentum. This week, the Redskins are playing for their playoff lives, as...

Down the Seam: Top 5 Fantasy Football TE’s for Week 9

It’s that time again. Time for Down the Seam. As always, thanks for checking it out! Let’s go!   5. Antonio Gates – Chargers @ Redskins (Dennis Poroy/AP Images) Antonio Gates has been terrific this season. Hopefully he continues his run come Sunday when the Chargers face off against the defenseless Redskins. It seems to me this team defends their name more than it does it’s...

San Diego Chargers: 2013 Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#14)

Last week: 17 (+3) Record: 4-3 On bye.

Bolts Bullets: Chargers-Redskins Primer

The Chargers seek to win three straight for the first time since 2011 as they head back to the East Coast to take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday. We run down everything you need to know about this contest between playoff hopefuls in this new feature.
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