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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: Is this Antonio Gates' final season?

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AFC West Notes: Chiefs, Gates, Broncos - Sam Robinson
My thing when I decide [whether to play another season] is, ‘Do we have a legitimate chance?’" Gates said. "I feel like we have a legitimate chance. I know the cliche. But I’m saying, legitimately, we should have a chance. Top to bottom, what we we’re going to be able to do, what we’re still able to do now even with the guys we’ve lost. I feel like in my heart we have a chance to win a Super Bowl next year. I feel like I deserve that. That’s what I want."

Latest On Chargers' Future In San Diego - Sam Robinson
Aside from a meeting with Spanos this week, Faulconer met with another Chargers official and talks are expected to continue. The Bolts’ lease at Qualcomm Stadium runs through 2020, and the team turns a profit while playing there, per Krasovic. So, might they be willing to continue playing there while this plays out? Or would the resounding defeat at the ballot box induce Spanos to eschew this latest development and take the NFL’s relocation offer by January?

Best bets on Week 14 NFL games - NFL Vegas Experts (insider)
The "opener" of Carolina -3 was at the Westgate on Sunday afternoon before the Panthers kicked off against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football and lost 40-7. Most books opened the line on Monday morning at Carolina -1 or -1.5, and the sharps haven't shown a preference at those numbers.

Chargers LB Jatavis Brown, guard Orlando Franklin questionable vs. Panthers - Eric Williams
"Any time you get a guy like that back, it gives you another weapon," Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano said. "He’s a playmaking threat and he’s looking good. There’s always a little rust, but you just take it day by day and we’ll see how it goes this week. If he’s available for us this week it would be a huge bonus for us, because he’s a playmaker when he’s out there on the field."

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly on schedule to start after 2-game absence - David Newton
"He's been a great resource, not just for the players but the coaches,'' Rivera said. "He gives a different perspective when he's out there and when he's on the sideline. That's a huge plus.''