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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: Will the return of Damion Square matter?

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X's and O's: Brandon Mebane Leads Run Defense - (video)
Defensive Coordinator John Pagano points out improvements in the Chargers' Brandon Mebane-led run defense.

Time for players to take control of Chargers' destiny - Eric Williams
"It is disheartening, but if you are trying to look at it positively, at least we are in the game," safety Dwight Lowery said. "The most disheartening thing is that we are not learning from it."

Week 4 NFL betting recap - Dave Tuley (insider)
The Chargers even forced a New Orleans punt with under 7 minutes left and looked to run some clock, however, a Gordon fumble gave the ball back to the Saints. After Drew Brees capitalized with a 5-yard TD pass to Michael Thomas, the Chargers gave the ball back to Brees on a Travis Benjamin fumble and the Saints took the lead on John Kuhn's third TD run of the day with under 2:00 to play.

After suspension, Damion Square ready to help change Chargers' culture - Eric Williams
"I definitely have been missing the game," Square said. "I want to be out there helping my team by making plays and just doing what I love to do. "Now the opportunity is here, and I knew it would come. I knew I couldn’t speed it up or slow it down. So I just had to take it for what it was."

Ranking 1-3 NFL teams most likely to bounce back - John Clayton
Blown leads against Kansas City and New Orleans put the Chargers in a tough position. I think their season is on the line in the next two weeks. They go to Oakland on Sunday, then host the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Oct. 13. If the Chargers can get to 3-3, they could potentially squeeze into the AFC wild-card picture. And they still have several upcoming games against NFC South and AFC South teams, which have struggled on defense so far. If they start the season 1-5, though, I think they're probably looking at another top-five draft pick.