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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: October 9, 2013

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What If The NBA And MLB Played An NFL-Style Season? - Reuben Fischer-Baum
A big part of the NFL's appeal is all that "any given Sunday" stuff—a team like the Chiefs can come out of nowhere and look like world-beaters, while a team like the Giants can spend the first quarter of the season playing like the last reel of Horse Feathers. A lot of this uncertainty can be attributed to sample size—16 games and single-elimination playoffs mean that random shit reigns in the NFL—but across the league's media, knees start jerking in response anyway, random shit or no.

McCoy: Woodhead's an every-down back - Eric Williams
McCoy said the team’s starting running back, Ryan Mathews, suffered a concussion in the early portion of his team’s 27-17 loss at Oakland. Mathews appeared to suffer the injury on a 5-yard run in the second quarter, taking a knee to the head from an Oakland defensive player.

Race for Rookie of the Year, Week 5 - Khaled Elsayed
7. D.J. Fluker, RT, Chargers: +4.4; As weird as it may seem, it wouldn’t hurt to see more of Fluker in the run game where he hasn’t really delivered as expected. Instead it’s been his work in pass protection that has been the pleasant surprise.

Any Given Sunday: Raiders Over Chargers - Mike Ridley
In San Diego, Mike McCoy's new system continues to drive the AFC's second-best offense. The Chargers are currently averaging over 104 more yards per game than their 2012 mark and can seemingly move the ball on anyone, as long as they limit turnovers. The Chargers main culprit for their losing record has been their inability to stop anybody on the other side of the ball.

4th and go for it? - Mike Tanier
The raw data tells us that 4th-and-short conversion attempts are not a high-risk gamble. A 63% success rate represents good odds, and those odds only go up when Drew Brees or Tom Brady is your quarterback or Peterson your running back. Running plays are more likely to succeed than pass plays, but the difference is not great enough to justify "NEVER EVER PASS IN THAT SITUATION" foot-stomping.