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NFL: Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

2018 NFL rookie rankings through Week 16 - William Moy
Never far from the top three is the Chargers’ rookie safety, Derwin James. Among the 89 safeties who’ve played at least 270 defensive snaps this season, James ranks fifth in terms of overall grade. James ranks eighth among safeties with 16 run stops and opposing quarterbacks have just a 69.8 passer rating when targeting him in coverage this season (the 10th-lowest rating allowed among 52 safeties who’ve been targeted at least 25 times).

Stats to know for all 32 NFL teams entering Week 17 - Nathan Jahnke
Desmond King II has 20 stops on passing plays, which is the best mark among cornerbacks.

Antonio Gates Disagrees with LeBron James Saying NFL Owners Have Slave Mentality - Mike Chiari
"I don't know all the owners—I know my owner. And, my relationship with my owner has been phenomenal," Gates said. "And, it's sports. You know what I mean? You get paid to play. ... We all know what we sign up for."

Ravens exposed issues the Chargers have been struggling with all season - Justin Urgo
The Chargers are ninth overall in rush yards allowed. Don’t get me wrong, that’s good, but, not good enough. The four games lost this season have had a total of 544 yards allowed on the ground. We are missing Corey Liuget and Denzel Perryman who both have contributed in a major way in rush defense.

Los Angeles Chargers prepare for January football - John Wozniak
They’ve got to go out to win and putting points on the board early in Denver might ease anxieties. Philip Rivers has had a great season. He took a beating in the defeat to Baltimore but I expect him to bounce back on Sunday. Rivers spoke to the media, addressing a question on team confidence.

Anthony Lynn and Philip Rivers had 'conflict' before 'intimacy' - Eric Williams
"I thought it was important to have that conversation," Lynn said. "We just talked about how I see things, my philosophy and kind of what I wanted our identity to be -- and we were on the same page. We both want the same thing, and that's what is best for this football team."

Antonio Gates Eyeing 17th Season? - Sam Robinson
“I try to evaluate myself. I can still beat a linebacker; I feel like I can still play,” Gates said, via’s Steve Wyche. “The hard part is I set the bar at a certain level, but I’ve adjusted to my role and I just love my teammates.”

Injury Notes: Brown, Wallace, Berry, Bolts - Sam Robinson
The Chargers are assured of a playoff spot, making a possible Hunter Henry cameo more likely. It might occur as soon as next week. Tom Telesco did not rule out his top tight end being ready to return before a possible wild-card game, per Eric Williams of (on Twitter). Henry participated in seven-on-seven drills with the Bolts on Friday, Williams tweets, doing so after being confined to individual work last week. The Chargers designated Henry to return from IR on Dec. 17, so they have until the divisional round — if their season extends that far — to make a call on Henry.

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