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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: December 4, 2014

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

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Ryan Mathews Honors "True Friend" at Practice - Ricky Henne
"Danny has been a great teammate, but more than that, a great friend," Mathews explained. "It stinks not having him with us on the field, so we’re keeping alive his spirit and everything.  It’s Patriots Week, so I decided to wear his jersey."

QB snapshot: Philip Rivers - Eric Williams
Rivers has a 1-5 record as a starter against New England. But he could find success against the Patriots’ defense, particularly when New England blitzes. The Patriots are No. 25 in the NFL, allowing a total QBR of 67.4 to opposing quarterbacks when the defense blitzes at least five defenders.

December is Philip Rivers’ time to shine - ESPN Video
Eric D. Williams of ESPN NFL Nation discusses San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers success in the month of December. Since 2006, Rivers is 30-6 as the starter during the month of December, the most wins by a quarterback during that month over that time frame.

The Packers' counter to the Pats' D - Greg Cosell
And their answer for the Patriots was simple and effective: four-receiver sets, with Randall Cobb as the moveable chess piece aligning all over the formation to counter that man coverage. It was a great plan, to isolate advantageous matchups.

Chargers roll on with fifth center - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
Robinson made his team debut in the third quarter of a 34-33 win over the Ravens, replacing former Notre Dame teammate Watt following a calf injury. The show continued. Robinson was on the field for three touchdown drives that pulled San Diego to the upset at M&T Bank Stadium.

Getting to know the San Diego Chargers - Mike Reiss
Even the terminology spoken by McCoy sounds Patriots-like, and it's not a coincidence. The second-year coach spent two years under Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator with the Broncos (2009-2010), so he's well-versed in how coaches groomed in the Patriots' system take great pride in their teams being well-schooled in "situational football."