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Serious Business: 11/15 San Diego Chargers Links

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AFC West still the sinking Chargers' life preserver - Kevin Acee
The Chargers actually gained in the standings on their Sunday off, moving from third place into a tie for second and are just one game behind the Oakland Raiders with seven to play.

Mounting injuries have Bolts in a bind - Scott Bair
The Chargers haven't won since Oct. 9. They've lost four straight games and have fallen into a tie for last place in the AFC West. As luck would have it, the divisional disparity between first place and last is just a game.

Next man up - Christopher Smith
Head Coach Norv Turner expects a better showing from San Diego’s backups if called upon Sunday against Chicago.

Phillips still in boot; Jackson still not talking - Kevin Acee
Strong safety Steve Gregory returned to practice Monday after missing Thursday’s game with a thigh injury. Paul Oliver started in Gregory’s place against the Raiders and could see more playing time going forward. Said Turner: "Hopefully Steve Gregory’s healthy and we go through the week and then make a decision. I would think, Paul’s shown, he’s played pretty good."

Raiders in control of AFC West - Bill Williamson
Oakland, Kansas City and San Diego entered the week tied for first at 4-4. Now, the Raiders are 5-4 and the Broncos, Chargers and Chiefs are tied for second at 4-5.

Audibles at the Line: Week 10 - Football Outsiders
Mike Tanier: Chargers drives evaporate from my memory as they happen. The McNeill injury doesn't help. There is really a mystery about this team? They have one good healthy receiver and a banged up tight end in the passing game; the line is only so-so. I thought this might be a Philip Rivers problem, but I now think he is bailing the boat.