San Diego Chargers Daily Links: September 21, 2012

OAKLAND, CA: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers gets sacked by Matt Shaughnessy #77 and David Tollefson #58 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter of the season opener at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Game Plan: The AFC South Is The New NFC West - Ryan Van Bibber
Atlanta is pretty impressive so far, a 1b to the 49ers in the NFC right now. They handled Peyton Manning last week, picking him off three times, but Philip Rivers and the Chargers will require more than elder abuse. San Diego is scoring 30 points per game. This game offers an early peek at the viability of both teams.

32 Observations: Week 2 - Nathan Jahnke
San Diego Chargers: Nose tackle Cam Thomas is leading all defensive tackles in Pass Rushing Productivity with a 16.1 score. Even though he has yet to record a sack, he has recorded three hits and three hurries.

Signature Stats Leaders, Week 2 - Khaled Elsayed
Sick of hearing comments without substance regarding offensive linemen? Well, settle your stomach by looking at our Pass Blocking Efficiency rankings, available at every offensive line position and for each team’s collective unit. It’s not just about sacks but who is giving up the most pressure on a per-snap basis. Have a look at this list of the five offensive tackles with the worst scores from Week 2:

Bolts Defense Set to Face Stiffest Test - Ricky Henne
John Pagano’s first two weeks as Chargers Defensive Coordinator has undeniably been a success. The squad ranks first in the league against the run (41.5 yards per game), second in points allowed (12.0) and third in total defense (266.5 ypg). That being said, the unit is set to face its stiffest test yet against the Falcons high-octane offense. Atlanta ranks second in points per game, racking up an average of 33.5 points over their first two games.

Cam Newton and the Diversity of Carolina's Zone-Read Package - Chris Brown
The most well-known read-option run play is the "zone read" — a traditional zone-blocked running play coupled with the quarterback making a read of a back-side defender. The purpose of the zone read is really nothing more than to keep this defender from attacking the running back; otherwise it's just an old-fashioned run play.

Chargers-Falcons game blacked out in Southern California -
Nearly 9,200 general tickets remain available at Qualcomm Stadium Gate C,, TicketMaster outlets or by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000. Nearly 2,000 Club Seats, some of the best locations in the stadium, and a limited number of single-game Luxury Suites also are available. The Chargers’ ticket office is open weekdays 8-5 pm and Saturday 10-4 pm.

Chargers Sign Clark to Practice Squad - Ricky Henne
After graduating, Clark spent the last six years out of professional football, and most recently was the wide receivers coach for Westview High School here in his hometown of San Diego. He caught the eye of Drew Brees, who worked out at the school’s facility, and the Saints quarterback recommended to his team’s brass that they bring Clark in for a workout. Shortly after, he was signed to the 90-man training camp roster, but did not make the team’s final 53-man team.

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