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Chargers defense must take over - Kevin Acee (UT$)
Other than in Denver – when the Chargers dropped three would-be interceptions in the first half and could have grabbed another off a deflection – the defense has been making the kind of plays that alter games. The Chargers are fairly middling in other defensive barometers – 18th in yards allowed, 13th in yards allowed per play and 23rd in offensive points allowed. But they have taken the ball away and set up the offense plenty.

Rivers: team must find a way, despite injuries - Tom Krasovic (UT$)
"During the week, putting the pads back on, getting to feel those fits again, I think that really helped," Slauson said. (In the game, Melvin Gordon became the first Broncos opponent since early last season to rush for 100 yards.

Chargers face Titans' ground-and-pound attack - Eric Williams
LT Taylor Lewan: He had a bad penalty at the end of the loss to Oakland and slows down a drive once in a while by drawing a flag. But his blocking has been excellent both in pass protection for Mariota and run blocking for Murray. Lewan is a big part of the physical tone the Titans aim to set weekly.

Broncos show blueprint for how to attack Philip Rivers - Eric Williams
"The way he throws, he has kind of a low delivery, so that was one thing that we emphasized with the D-line -- they always do a great job with getting their hands up and knocking the ball down," Roby said. "We got at least four or five of those. They were crucial."

Ranking All 32 NFL Running Back Units This Season - Michael Renner
Even with a fully-healthy unit, San Diego still owns the lowest-graded run-blocking offensive line for the second straight season. That has to be considered when evaluating Melvin Gordon’s performance over the past two seasons. He’s one of the few running backs on here still that handles a full workload, seeing the field on all three downs. What’s more, he’s been successful in that role, with above-average grades as a pass-catcher, pass-protector, and runner.