Ryan Mathews working on the long run - Michael Gehlken
The third-year running back is still looking this season to break loose for a long score, the kind of jolting play that can separate a win from a loss, something rookie first-round draft picks Richardson and Martin have recently reminded.
Officiating: How Replay Works - Mike Kurtz
This week we have a request from reader TomC to give a rundown of instant-replay review protocol, so I prepared this jumbo-sized Officiating update to completely explain video review.
Meachem Reaches an Epiphany - Ricky Henne
He didn’t realize it at the time, but up to this point he’s lacked the joy he is accustomed to experiencing when playing this game he loves. Not surprisingly, it’s showed in his performance on the field. In seven games, he has just 12 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
A Big Year for Me - Darrell Stuckey
On it I was named Special Teams captain before the season started. I was incredibly honored by that because it means my teammates are looking for me to be a leader on this team. They trust and believe in me as a player, a teammate and a person. So I take the role very seriously.
Chargers D Primed for an Explosive Bucs' Offense - Ricky Henne
They say timing is everything when it comes to the NFL. Who you play at what point in the season can go a long way toward determining the outcome of a game. On Sunday, the Chargers defense will line up against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense that at this moment is firing on all cylinders. They put up 42 points last week against the Oakland Raiders and the week before scored 36 against the Minnesota Vikings.
One guy to watch - Bill Williamson
San Diego, Larry English, linebacker: There may not be much to watch. English was a healthy scratch last week as he fell out of the outside-linebacker rotation. That is clearly a bad sign for 2009 first-round pick. His days in San Diego may be numbered.
AFC West stats to know - Bill Williamson
Philip Rivers misses Vincent Jackson. He will see him in Tampa Bay on Sunday, but it won’t do Rivers any good. Jackson became a Buccaneer this season.