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Sunday’s five most valuable players, Week 1 - MJD
The Chargers won Sunday, but it took some heroics from Philip Rivers and Mike Tolbert. The Kool-Aid Man busted into the end zone three times, once on the ground, and twice on receptions. It was necessary, too, because the same thing that plagued the Chargers last year, plagued them Sunday: special teams, turnovers and overall subpar early season performances
Time for kicking tryouts - Scott Bair
"You have a list of guys, including some that we're familiar with because they've been here before or a coach has experience with," Turner said. "It's a very good list without a lot of names on it."
Special teams redeemed in opening victory - Tom Sheridan
He was asked what Scifres' range was. "How long was the one he made today?" Turner asked. Forty yards, came the reply. "It's 40 then," Turner said.
Moving on: San Diego Chargers - Bill Williamson
There’s a lot for the Chargers to be proud of, but I’m hat tipping the defensive effort in the second half Sunday. While the offense got in gear in the half, the San Diego defense stifled Minnesota. The Vikings had 26 yards of offense in the half and the Chargers made one play after another. This defense can be special.
Novak could step in for Kaeding in San Diego - Jason La Canfora
Novak is coming off a strong preseason, where he pushed Nick Folk for the job with the Jets and he is already living and training in San Diego, where he was born.
Nwagbuo could have reunited with Rivera - Kevin Acee
"This is where I wanted to be," Nwagbuo said. "I’m happy I ended up here … This is cool. I know all these guys."
Chargers 24, Vikings 17: 619 Sports Postgame Coverage - Craig Elsten
They see the possibility for greatness, remember past failures keenly, and expect–nay, demand–smooth sailing on the road to the Lombardi Trophy.
Preparation pays off right away for Chargers - Kevin Acee
Turner arranged for guest speakers during training camp. A man born without appendages addressed the team while they were in Dallas to talk about making the most of what God gave you and having determination to get something done no matter the obstacle. Two weeks ago, a Navy Seal came to Chargers Park and related enduring hardship to football.