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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: Dolphins game is a must-win for Chargers

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Melvin Gordon & Jay Ajayi: Rising Running Backs Bound by "Brotherly" Bond - Hayley Elwood
The pair has become close friends ever since they trained together in Carlsbad prior to the 2015 NFL Draft.  Describing themselves as "brothers," the duo regularly talk and shout each other out on social media.

John Pagano: "Set the Edge" - Chargers.com (video)
Defensive Coordinator John Pagano talks about the way the defense played against the Titans, the versatility of Joey Bosa and previews the Bears after practice on Thursday.

Playoff odds and predictions for all 32 NFL teams - Aaron Schatz (insider)
A loss to Miami would be an almost-fatal blow to San Diego's playoff hopes, dropping them to around 6 percent. And the Dolphins offense is a particularly hard one for the Chargers to stop, as San Diego ranks fifth in pass defense DVOA but 19th in run defense.

Second-half squeeze: Coaches and players with everything on the line - Bill Barnwell
Some of the early hysteria surrounding McCoy and the Chargers' late-game collapses has faded now that San Diego is 3-1 over the past four games, so the former Broncos offensive coordinator has a better shot at holding on to his head-coaching gig. If the Chargers finish 7-9 or worse, McCoy can try to sacrifice defensive coordinator John Pagano to get another year in charge. That would rely upon bad data, though, as the Chargers are 26th in points allowed, but eighth in the league in defensive DVOA. San Diego has faced the league's second-toughest slate of opposing quarterbacks and been up against the NFL's second-worst average starting field position on defense this season. Pagano has been fine.

NFL's toughest, easiest remaining schedules- Aaron Schatz
San Diego has only two games left in the division, and both are at home -- Oakland in Week 15 and Kansas City in Week 17. Although the Chargers do have to play all three remaining road games at 1 p.m. ET in Houston, Carolina and Cleveland.