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Third quarter checkpoint - Bill Williamson
The San Diego Chargers. Yes, they won Monday night in their most impressive outing of the season, trouncing Jacksonville, 38-14. But the Chargers went 0-3 in the first three games of the quarter and they are 5-7 with faint playoff hopes. The result will likely be the firing of coach Norv Turner and perhaps general manager A.J. Smith.
AFC West Stock Watch - Bill Williamson
San Diego’s offensive line: This line has suffered eight different injuries and has three players on the injured reserve. San Diego played without three starters for much of Monday night’s win over Jacksonville and it started Jared Gaither at left tackle, days after he was claimed off waivers. Still, this unit gave Rivers terrific protection. Rivers was not sacked -- a great effort by a makeshift group.
Players, coaches remained unified - Christopher Smith
The Chargers contend they would not have weathered a six-game losing streak, a long flight delay and a trip across the country to earn their biggest margin of victory all season without steadfast resolve from the team’s leadership.
Uncertainty about TV for Chargers' final two home games - Kevin Acee
The team’s final two home games could be blacked out locally, and the second of those is possibly going to be moved from a night game to the afternoon.
Bolts still on life support - but there's life - Kevin Acee
"We’ve been down (three) with four to go," Philip Rivers said with a wry smile, referring to the 2008 season when the Chargers made up that deficit on the Denver Broncos. "Now we’re down two with four to go."
Scouting report: Buffalo Bills - Chris Jenkins
Save the obvious effect of injuries to Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler, perhaps no team in the NFL has been as diminished by one injury as the loss of running back Fred Jackson three weeks ago to a broken leg.