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Serious Business: 9/19 San Diego Chargers Links

Defense finds itself lacking against Brady - Chris Jenkins
"You know, it’s not about him in my eyes," said cornerback Antoine Cason. "It boils down to what we allow someone to do. Yeah, he’s a good quarterback, but we still have to play better."

Mistakes, Brady doom Chargers in loss - Kevin Acee
They lost an entirely winnable game against the New England Patriots, 35-21, on Sunday. And at the risk of being repetitive, considering this is the team that gave away an entire season in 2010, they lost because they committed turnover and failed to finish on offense and on defense didn’t take get any takeaways and let the Patriots finish.

Gates taken out, Jackson goes big - Kevin Acee
"I knew they were going to make it difficult to get the ball, but I thought I would still have an opportunity to make a play somewhere along the way," Gates said. "I tried to stay patient. They just had a tremendous game plan."

Chargers, Tolbert, can't get a handle - Jay Paris
With the media clustered around Mike Tolbert's cubicle, his neighbor, teammate Nick Hardwick, let loose his best vulture imitation. "They aren't here to talk to me,'' Hardwick said. "I guarantee you that.''

Patriots take Gates out of Chargers' offense - Scott Bair
Antonio Gates is an integral part of the Chargers offense. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick made sure he wasn't Sunday afternoon.

News keeps getting worse for Chiefs - Bill Williamson
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Kansas City star running back Jamaal Charles is likely out for the year with a torn ACL. He was hurt early in the Chiefs' 48-3 defeat at Detroit on Sunday.

Rapid Reaction: Patriots 35, Chargers 21 - Bill Williamson
The Chargers are a step or two behind the Patriots. This wasn’t a crucial game. Of course, the Chargers wanted to win, but they knew it would be a tough road game. Yet, the Chargers found out they are too sloppy on offense and too vulnerable on pass defense to come across country and beat a team like the Tom Brady-led Patriots.

Rivers can't keep up with Brady - Bill Williamson
I have written several times this year that Philip Rivers is the best player in the NFL who doesn’t own a Super Bowl ring. Sunday, he showed he may not be quite ready to shed that complimentary, yet potentially haunting title.

Turnovers cost Chargers - Christopher Smith
San Diego’s offense generated 470 yards but lost the football three times in Patriots territory in a 35-21 road loss to New England on Sunday.