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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: September 18, 2014

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Clutch Encounters: Week 2 - Scott Kacsmar
If Seattle was going to come back, it would have to be in dramatic fashion: 3:04 left and 89 yards to go. Backed up, the Seahawks went with the jet sweep on first down. Percy Harvin lost 6 yards, and that just threw off the whole drive. Had Wilson kept the ball on the fake, he wouldn't have lost that many yards and maybe even would have gained some. Two little completions under pressure to Marshawn Lynch only gained back 5 yards, setting up a decisive fourth-and-11.

Is there a blueprint for beating Richard Sherman - Doug Farrar
But Rivers had other ideas, and San Diego's plan paid off. In their 30-21 win over the Seahawks last Sunday, Rivers targeted Sherman six times, resulting in four receptions and 54 yards. Sherman's passer rating against is now 95.1 in 2014, and after the game, receiver Keenan Allen added insult to injury.

San Diego "Exposes" Seattle With a Performance that Will Be Hard to Duplicate - Jason Lisk
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers did what Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick (2x) and Drew Brees (2x) could not do against the Seattle defense since last December: control a game. Those other star quarterbacks had averaged 5.8 yards per attempt and had only 6 touchdown passes against Seattle in 6 games (1-5 record). On Sunday, Rivers averaged  7.7 yards per pass, threw three touchdowns to Antonio Gates, and finished with a 124.2 passer rating against a team that was in the conversation for one of the best pass defenses of the last decade.

Chargers have multiple options to replace injured Mathews - Neil Hornsby
We may also see undrafted rookie free agent Branden Oliver receive an increased role in the Chargers’ backfield. Oliver, who has been inactive the first two weeks, played in 81 snaps during the preseason and finished 3rd on our elusive rating rankings for the preseason.

Race for Rookie of the Year, Week 2 - Khaled Elsayed
6. Jason Verrett, CB, SD (+3.4) Was extremely impressive against the Cardinals but his play slipped off in allowing all four balls into his coverage to be completed against the Seahawks.