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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: October 16, 2014

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Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

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Malcom Floyd one of a kind for Chargers - Kevin Acee (UT$)
"If you gave me five chances, I couldn’t make those catches," Gates said. "I’ve made some good ones, but those are the ones Malcom Floyd makes -- and only Malcom."

NFL Week 7 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds - Nate Silver
The AFC playoff picture has become surprisingly clear. The most likely teams to earn the conference’s six playoff slots are Denver (86 percent), Indianapolis (also 86 percent — there’s no one to beat them in the AFC South), New England (84 percent), San Diego (81 percent), Cincinnati (67 percent) and Baltimore (66 percent). Then there’s a big drop-off to the next tier of teams — led by Pittsburgh and Kansas City — none of whom is higher than 27 percent.

The Playoff Implications Of Every Game For Every NFL Team - Mike Beuoy & Reuben Fischer-Baum
"Playoff Implications" is a phrase you usually don’t hear until the final weeks of the NFL regular season, but almost every regular season game has playoff implications. In the early going, however, it can be difficult to figure out just what those implications are, and how much is riding on each game.

It’s Time for the NFL to Embrace the Tie Game - Jason Bailey
Sometimes one team is far superior, winning in a blowout. Sometimes teams play a competitive nail-biter. And every so often, both teams end with the same number of points after four quarters. That’s perfectly fine. This isn’t the Supreme Court, where deadlocks must be avoided. It’s actually sensical for the NFL to stop having regular-season overtime, because ties don’t inhibit either of the aforementioned goals.

Jay Cutler Is the New Herschel Walker - Mike Tanier (b/r)
"Yeah, our offense is great. But our defense has faced EJ Manuel, Blake Bortles, the Jets' Dubious Work Ethic Society and Derek Carr in the last month. We are also down to our fourth center and third running back. So you just might want to hold off on planning that Super Bowl party until after we face the Chiefs and travel to Denver."