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Week 6 NFL Team of the Week - Gordon McGuinness
Williams was the big-play threat for the Chargers on Sunday, finding two huge consecutive plays downfield, including the touchdown he wrestled from the Browns defense. On the day, he caught all three passes thrown his way, with all of them traveling 20-plus yards in the air, good for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Chargers figuring out how to get pass rush without Joey Bosa - Eric Williams
"Each week, you come up with different plans, how you want to utilize your guys, so we're doing that," Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said earlier this week. "Obviously, with a guy like Joey, you say, 'Well, he's going to line up on one side and Melvin on the other, and there are going to be times when they lineup together. Let's build it from there.'

Derwin James, Leighton Vander Esch duking it out for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors - Austin Gayle
The former Florida State standout has picked up where he left off in Tallahassee and is redefining the meaning of Swiss army knife in the NFL. James has played at least 40 defensive snaps at box safety (118), free safety (166), slot cornerback (47) and along the defensive line (40). To no surprise, he’s excelled at all four positions and multiple phases of the game.

The next dynasty: Ranking the potential heirs apparent to New England's throne - Mike Sando (insider)
Rivers is 36, which is a concern when projecting dynastic potential, but his quick release and quicker mind should help him endure. Kurt Warner was humming along as an anticipatory thrower in his age-37 and age-38 seasons before concussive hits convinced him to retire. Rule changes and a running game should help Rivers endure longer.

Sitting behind a legendary QB means learning from the best - Nick Wagoner
"I think [it's] the preparation part of it," said Rivers, who was the backup to Brees for his first two seasons with the Chargers. "We had different styles of leadership, and different routines -- but just to have a routine. Mine is not the same as his, but whether it was Monday morning or Tuesday evening -- if it was 10 o'clock and he was normally doing that, he was doing it at 10 o'clock, it didn't matter what happened the day before. So I was kind of like, 'Wow, that's different.' Because this is a 16-week season and there's a lot of ups and downs, but that was impressive to me."

AFC on notice: Chargers set up to be legitimate threats - Dan Graziano
The first stop was a rousing success. L.A.'s happy wanderers drubbed the Browns 38-14 here Sunday, rushing for more yards (246) than Philip Rivers threw for (207). Against a Browns defense that had been one of the most opportunistic in the league, the Chargers did whatever they wanted to do on offense all day. The win improved their record to 4-2, with their only two losses having come at the hands of the two teams that entered Sunday with undefeated records.

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