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Serious Business: 11/9 San Diego Chargers Links

Improving Brown eyes another start - Scott Bair
Vincent Brown's progress has been steady, yet slower than he would've liked. A hamstring injury stole vital reps during training camp and prevented him from learning the Chargers' offense. 

Pass-rushing ace Barnes giving Chargers a rush against run, too - Scott Bair
Shaun Phillips has long told the Chargers that his fellow outside linebacker Antwan Barnes could be more than the pass-rushing specialist he was typecast to be.

Playoff predictor: Chargers have edge - Bill Williamson
ESPN’s playoff predicator believes San Diego will emerge from the tight AFC West scrum and make the playoffs with an 8-8 record. But it’s clearly not convinced. The predictor has the Chargers’ playoff chances at just 36.2 percent.

Chargers running backs strong after contact - Bill Williamson
The San Diego Chargers have a chance to punish defenses if they can keep running backs Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert healthy.

Not concerned with short week - Christopher Smith
The Chargers have adapted a no-excuses attitude regarding the need to respond to three consecutive losses and prepare for a physical matchup with division rival Oakland on four days’ rest.

Conference call: Jackson and Palmer -
Oakland head coach Hue Jackson and quarterback Carson Palmer speak to the San Diego media ahead of Thursday night's kickoff between the Chargers and Raiders.

Palmer can relate to Rivers' ongoing struggles -
As an NFL quarterback who's being hammered with a different sort of criticism -- and throwing lots of interceptions -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer's got some simpatico for Chargers counterpart Philip Rivers as the two prepare to square off in an AFC West showdown on Thursday Night Football.

Same foursome not practicing will miss game - Kevin Acee
The available players for Thursday night's game against the Oakland Raiders are on the field for the team's Tuesday practice.