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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: October 15, 2012

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John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Harris Likely to be Relied Upon Again with Gaither Doubtful - Ricky Henne
"Mike did great," Philip Rivers said about Harris’ performance as a starter. "We ask a lot out of our tackles, probably more than any other team in the league. And Mike, since day one, he came in here and didn’t act like he is in over his head. He’s acted like he belongs, so I have confidence in him."

Division lead at stake - Bill Williamson
If the Chargers win, they will be in control of the division. If the Broncos win, it would tighten the division and will make the race interesting. The Chiefs are floundering, but the Raiders have to feel good about their improvement after their showing in Atlanta on Sunday, especially since their next three games are against teams with a combined four wins.

Tirico: Rivers vs. Manning Will Decide this Game - Ricky Henne
"I like what I’ve seen from the defense so far," he said. "That outside linebacker position is really stacked. And where there’s depth there’s success. So I’m interested to see how this unit grows over the year because if they continue to grow they could make some noise in the playoffs."

NFL Lowdown: Best Bets For Week 6 - Mike Tanier
The Chargers beat Manning’s Colts in two playoff games and forced a four-interception game from Manning in 2010 and a six-interception nightmare in 2007. The Chargers changed defensive coordinators this season, but some of their defensive personnel remain from the playoff victories, and Norv Turner’s lack of involvement with the defense is a major asset.

FO Mailbag: DVOA Explanation Triple-Header - Aaron Schatz
This one's very simple, it has to do with play split. The Ravens have faced 192 passes, 164 runs. The Chargers have faced 215 passes, only 95 runs. So while San Diego has the better rating against the run, they've faced many more passes (where both teams are worse) and thus are worse overall.

Chargers defense answering challenge - Bill Williamson
Thus far, the Chargers’ defense has been much improved. Most important, it has developed an identity -- physical and opportunistic. It is a big reason why the Chargers are 3-2 and leading the AFC West going into a pivotal "Monday Night Football" game against second-place Denver (2-3) on ESPN.

3TFO: Broncos @ Chargers, Week 6- Neil Hornsby
So the mantle of blocking the first (Von Miller) and fifth (Elvis Dumervil) most productive pass rushers in the NFL from the left tackle position will fall to rookie free agent, Michael Harris who started in Gaither’s position earlier in the year.

Tracy Porter sick; out versus Chargers - Mike Klis
Porter is sick and did not make the trip today to San Diego. He showed up at Broncos headquarters today with intention of traveling with the team here for the game Monday night against the San Diego Chargers.