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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: Joey Bosa is already one of the NFL's best players

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Ranking the AFC West's top pass-rushers - Sam Monson
Ordinarily, this might seem like an unsustainable level of play that would see the rookie come back down to earth with a bang pretty soon, but PFF has graded the last two seasons of Bosa’s college play, and dominance is nothing new for him. He was by far the most dominant pass-rusher in the nation in each of the past two seasons, consistently generating a huge amount of pressure for Ohio State, while playing the run well, and having barely any drops in performance. He was the No. 1 player on PFF’s draft board all through the process, and was the clear best player available in the draft, in our analysts’ eyes.

10 best players from Week 12's NFL action - Sam Monson
After a quiet week or two, Bosa was back with a bang this week against the Houston Texans. This week he notched a sack, two hits and five hurries for a total of eight pressures in 35 pass-rushing snaps. He was second on the team in both tackles (six) and defensive stops (four), and was a major reason the Houston offense sputtered all day and could only put up 13 points over the course of the loss. Bosa has been a force since he got on the field for the Chargers, and looks like one of the league’s best defensive linemen just a few games into his rookie season.

NFL players who protested during the national anthem in Week 12 - ESPN.com
Before Sunday's game against the Texans, offensive linemen Joe Barksdale, D.J. Fluker and Chris Hairston once again raised their fists during the national anthem.

Philip Rivers carries the offense, as Chargers hand Texans their first home loss - Eric Williams
"From a personal standpoint, I’m thankful I’ve been able to be out there," Rivers said about the mark. "Over 3,000 for 11 seasons, that means I’ve been out there for all of them. And that’s something I don’t take for granted."

Texans' offense shows no life against 28th-ranked Chargers defense - Sarah Barshop
"We feel like we have a lot of talent on this offense," veteran tackle Duane Brown said. "We feel like we can put up points. We had opportunities to do that. Thirteen points is not enough."

Casey Hayward assembling Pro Bowl-worthy season for Chargers - Eric Williams
"Casey’s got such a knack for the football," Rivers said. "He’s such a smart player. And I say that with all the respect for his ability. He’s a heck of a corner. And I thought that of him when he was in Green Bay.