San Diego Chargers Daily Links: September 14, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Eric Weddle #32 blocks a pass intended for Michael Jenkins #84 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Power Rankings: Week 2 - Khaled Elsayed
The defense stepped up and did a good job picking up pressure. That was big for a team that struggled to do so consistently in 2011. The line remains a concern, but special kudos for undrafted free agent Michael Harris who gave up just the one hurry all day.

One player to watch - Bill Williamson
San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips: The veteran had two sacks against Oakland. The Chargers drafted Melvin Ingram and he has a strong burst. If Phillips can provide a strong pass rush against Tennessee, the Chargers should have continued success.

32 Teams, 32 Observations; Week 1 - Nathan Jahnke
San Diego Chargers: Safety Eric Weddle had a strong start to the season with five stops; more than in any individual game for him last year.

3TFO: Titans @ Chargers, Week 2 - Kevin Grauel
The test this Sunday won’t be much, if any, easier for the Titans as they come up against another re-tooled and rejuvenated defense in San Diego. The offseason additions of Aubrayo Franklin and Jarret Johnson improved the Chargers’ defense on paper, and against the Raiders they got a big game from second-year defensive lineman Corey Liuget (+3.5 run defense) as they shutdown another speedy back, Darren McFadden.

Mathews Returns to Practice - Ricky Henne
Finally cleared for contact, Ryan Mathews suited up in full pads for the first time since fracturing his clavicle on August 9th. He participated on a limited basis, but it was still a huge step forward in his rehab process to get back on the field.

Chargers Receive 24-hour Extension to Sell Tickets - Chargers.com
The San Diego Chargers received a 24-hour extension to sell enough tickets to lift the local television blackout of Sunday’s game between the Chargers and Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. The game kicks off at 1:25 pm.

One Victory at a Time is Focus of Smith - Ricky Henne
“You build your team in the offseason and adjust it in season,” Smith said while sitting in his office at Chargers Park. “Our team has been built for 2012, and we believe layered with some outstanding backup players. Our goal is to get better each week and grow as a team. Our division is going to be very challenging. We expect it to be very competitive and very physical as always. We are excited about the new year and look forward to the challenge. The season is underway now, and we will give it everything we have.”

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