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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: Loss to Dolphins crushes any remaining hope

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MIA-SD Grades: DeVante Parker, Miami Receiving Corps Shine in Win Over Chargers - Josh Liskiewitz
San Diego’s offensive line gave up a total of 20 QB pressures, with C Matt Slauson being the only starter not to yield at least three. Play on the edge was particularly poor, as LT King Dunlap and RT Joe Barksdale combined to yield three sacks, a hit, and seven hurries. WR Tyrell Williams caught five of 11 balls thrown his way for 125 yards and a score, but three of Rivers’ four interceptions were thrown while targeting Williams.

Philip Rivers throws four picks as Chargers suffer deflating loss - Eric Williams
Most games are won or lost at the line of scrimmage, and that certainly was the case here. San Diego’s offensive line failed to protect Rivers, who was sacked three times and under duress most of the afternoon. Miami’s defensive front, led by defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Earl Mitchell, also held running back Melvin Gordon to 70 yards on 24 carries.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers has to bite turnover bug back - Eric Williams
And it’s not just another losing season that has Rivers and the Chargers saddled with sad faces. Last week the Chargers also lost at the ballot box, with their $1.8 billion plan for a new downtown stadium suffering a resounding defeat, garnering just 43 percent of the vote for a citizens’ initiative that needed two-thirds to pass.

Quick Observations from the 31-24 Loss to the Dolphins - Ricky Henne and Hayley Elwood
Down four in the fourth quarter on second down, Philip Rivers dropped back and tossed a pass in the direction of Tyrell Williams.  Williams juked a defender, caught the pass, and cut left to take the ball 51 yards into the end zone to put the Bolts up three.

Bolts Lament Costly Mistakes in All Three Phases - Hayley Elwood
"I think they did a good job covering down field," Tannehill said.  "We didn’t really have a play for that defense that they called.  I got some good protection up front (and) they had a three-man rush so I knew I was going to have some time to try to move around and find a guy downfield on the scramble…. I just tried to get free and get the first down."