Serious Business: 9/23 San Diego Chargers Links

FOXBORO, MA: Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers gains yardage against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Mathews delivering on much promise - Scott Bair
Over half Mathews' production has come through the passing game, an area where he couldn't be counted on last season. Mathews struggled in pass protection as a rookie, and therefore never had the opportunity to catch passes out of the backfield.

Laz Says: 3-2 Start Would Be Too Slow - Jim Laslavic & Michael Gehlken
I don't think anyone on defense played especially well against the Patriots, and I think Takeo Spikes needs to take some responsibility for the way things went. I don't have the game film so I don't break it down, but I have a feeling he was a little off the mark.

Chiefs vs. Chargers Preview - YouTube
After a tough loss last week to the Patriots, the San Diego Chargers look to bounce back as they prepare to host the Chiefs on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz preview this game.

Rivers takes time to heat up, too - Kevin Acee
Just like his team, which has not started better than 2-3 since 2006, the Chargers quarterback generally has not fared well in the first part of the season since ’06.

One player to watch - Bill Williamson
Lost in Vincent Jackson's huge game (he had 10 catches for 172 yards) at New England was the lack of action Gates got. He didn’t have a chance. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers hardly looked for Gates because the New England Patriots keyed on him. I don’t think it is an indication that the Chargers are going away from Gates. It just shows how many weapons the Chargers have. Last week, Jackson was barely involved and Gates had eight catches. I expect the Chargers to try to take advantage of the Chiefs’ safeties and involve Gates a lot Sunday.

Week 3 fantasy matchups - Danny Tuccitto (ESPN Insider)
Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert (plus-3 points) These two aren't in the table because they split the total plus-6 that Kansas City represents for San Diego running backs. Make no mistake, though. This is a dream matchup. The Chiefs are rapidly approaching DEFCON 1, and the danger of implosion is approaching from both sides of the ball.

NFL to air full game in LA before cutting away? - Arash Markazi
In a move that will come as good news to football fans in Los Angeles, the NFL has decided to take a "fresh look" at their secondary market television rules and will "likely" show the ending of close games in Los Angeles instead of sticking to league policy by cutting away from a televised game before it is finished to show the start of a San Diego Chargers road game.

Chiefs run game still potent without star - Christopher Smith
The Chiefs lost All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles for the season, but the best rushing team in the NFL last season still has an elite run-blocking offensive line and several capable ball-carriers. 

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