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Chargers suffer a rash of injuries as they fall to Chiefs 30-13

30-13. The Chargers lost a very winnable game by three scores and threw away almost any realistic chance at a division title with it. The "old Chargers" were back with a vengeance, committing a number of miscues in just about every facet of the game.

Miscues and injuries were the story of the game. Most of the media will attempt to blame Philip Rivers and his three interceptions but that is misguided. The first interception was a bad throw, but there appeared to be a miscommunication with the intended receiver. The second was on a fourth down and with everybody covered, Rivers just had to throw it up rather than take a sack. The interception was actually better for the team than an incompletion would've been because it resulted in worse field position for the Chiefs. The third interception was a desperation heave on third and 20 down 17 when the game was already over and didn't mean anything.

The real story of the game was the injuries. Linebacker Denzel Perryman we…

Biggest Game in Years: Chargers @ Chiefs preview

The Chargers will play their most meaningful regular season game in several years when they travel to Kansas City for a primetime Saturday night game. The two teams have had essentially opposite seasons, with the Chargers starting 0-4 before catching fire and the Chiefs starting 5-0 before cooling off. Both teams now sit at 7-6 and tonight's victor will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC west.

The game is expected to be close, with the Chargers currently instilled as one point favorites. If they can pull out the win, the Chargers will be in very good position to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season, and potentially host a playoff game at the Stubhub center during its inaugural season. It's a spot not many would've predicted the Chargers would be in after the first month of the season. The turnaround is due mostly to the secondary emerging as one of the league's best units and the MVP-caliber play from Philip Rivers.

After a 5-0 start…

"You've Got To Be Careful Not To Relax" - Philip Rivers isn't taking anything for granted as season enters home stretch

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As the season comes to an end and the Chargers are in the thick of the AFC West race for the first time in a few years, quarterback Philip Rivers is playing some of the best football of his career. But Rivers isn't taking anything for granted and realizes that things can go south quickly in the NFL.

When Rivers was asked about his recent play after Sunday's game against the Redskins, in which he threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, he didn't take the opportunity to gloat and instead hammered home how the team needs to stay focused over the final few weeks. "You've got to be careful not to relax" the veteran signal caller declared.

He went on to say how his own recent success can't allow him to get overconfident to the point where he starts making crucial mistakes, saying "There's that fine line of, 'Shoot it's going good you come on in there and I'm letting it rip' to making sure you don't cross the line of 'OK, I'…

Film Study: Philip Rivers had an epic game against the Browns and is quietly having an MVP-caliber season

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Lost amid what has been a crazy 2017 season is the level at which Philip Rivers has been playing. Along with the recent stellar play of the defense, Rivers is a large part of the reason the Chargers climbed out of their 0-4 hole.

If Rivers continues to play like he has and the Chargers make the playoffs, he deserves to be in the MVP discussion. Here's why:

Over his last two games Rivers is completing a ridiculous 76.3% of his passes (53 of 76) with 781 yards and four touchdowns. The knock on Rivers despite his decade-plus of remarkable passing numbers has always been that he's too turnover prone, but this year he has just eight turnovers through 12 games. Last year, Rivers had a career high 21 interceptions. This year, he has just seven. He's dramatically reduced his turnovers while still operating as a gunslinger who isn't afraid to chuck it all over the field.

Rivers' arm strength hasn't lost anything and he still processes the field at a remarkably quick pac…

Chargers beat Browns, move into tie for division lead

Just like that, the once 0-4 Chargers sit atop the AFC West for the first time all season. After beating the Browns 19-10 at the Stubhub Center the Chargers are now in a three-way tie with the Raiders and Chiefs for the division lead after the Chiefs blew an early lead against the Jets and the Raiders beat the Geno Smith-led Giants.

The win over the Browns wasn't the blowout that many expected, but it was a solid win. Philip Rivers followed up his dominant Thanksgiving game with another spectacular outing. He shredded the the Browns defense, throwing for 344 yards and a touchdown on 31/43 passing. Rivers was especially amazing over the middle of the field, going 17/17 on throws over the middle.

He spread the ball around pretty well, with Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Travis Benjamin all having big receiving games. Henry had a second straight huge game, catching seven of nine targets for 81 yards. The offensive formula for the Chargers remains clear, when they consistently targe…

Chargers sign kicker Travis Coons to active roster, Nick Novak to injured reserve

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The Chargers made yet another move at kicker, and will have their third kicker this season start for them against the Browns. Nick Novak has been sent to injured reserve and Travis Coons, who was signed to the practice squad earlier this week, was promoted to the active roster.

Novak injured his back in the Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys and appeared to be making progress in his recovery. He recently returned to a full practice session so him heading to injured reserve is a bit of a surprise. It's possible he suffered a setback in practice.

Coons will be making his Chargers debut against his old team. Coons' only regular season experience came in 2015 with the Browns when he was 28-32 on field goals. Despite missing only four kicks, he missed both of his attempts from 50+ yards.

Kicker has been probably the least stable position for the Chargers this year. Undrafted rookie Younghoe Koo won the job in training camp this year, beating out last year's starter Josh Lam…

Casey Hayward named AFC defensive player of the month

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Casey Hayward was announced this morning as the November AFC defensive player of the month. He's the first Chargers defensive back to win the award since Antonio Cromartie all the way back in 2007.

Hayward has been lights out in coverage this year, earning Pro Football Focus' highest grade among all cornerbacks. This November he has three interceptions, eight tackles, and seven pass breakups, all while rarely seeing the ball thrown his way because of his shutdown coverage.

On Thanksgiving, Hayward was targeted seven times while guarding Dez Bryant, allowing just three catches for 22 yards while intercepting Dak Prescott. The week prior, he intercepted two passes against the Bills and only allowed one catch on eight targets. Hayward led the NFL in interceptions last year with seven and was selected to the pro-bowl.

Hayward's award comes just a month after defensive end Melvin Ingram received the same award last month. Hayward's play has been a large part of the Charger…