Branden Oliver won the third touchdown in the playoffs

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Coming into Week 12, the Chargers were the only team to force a turnover in every game this season.

Sunday’s win against the Houston Texans was no different as the defense forced four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) and held the Texans to 13 points. All of them came courtesy of the Chargers’ secondary.

November 6 has been circled on Dexter McCluster’s calendar since September 20.

After being cut by the Tennessee Titans on September 2, McCluster didn’t know what was in store for him and his NFL career. Less than three weeks later, on the 20th, San Diego came calling and the Week 9 matchup against the Titans became a marquee game.

“The unique situation right now is that I just left Tennessee,” he said. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity the Titans gave me for those two years I was down there. I know a lot of those guys, but it’s going to be fun. We’re friends outside the field but on the field it’s game time.”

While many players go radio silent when they play against their close friends, McCluster is taking a different approach. That is, until Saturday.

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Jake McGee is strengthening the exercise. “I think it was a good play,” Hayward said. “(Hopkins) ran over and I just tried to chase him and out-run him. The ball was kind of late and moved up under him. Both of us had the ball at the same time but I just ended up catching it and toe-tapped.”

Most impressive was Hayward’s body awareness to tap his feet in bounds to Los Angeles Chargers jersey secure the pick. His football aptitude is something that is equally as impressive to his quarterback.

The silver lining to last year’s injuries at running back was Branden Oliver breaking out as the underdog story. He joins a now healthy Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown as returning fixtures at running back. However, the Chargers made a big splash on draft day, trading up to add Melvin Gordon in the first round.

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The old adage that things come in threes proved true Saturday night with Branden Oliver scoring his third touchdown of the preseason, tied for most total TDs in the NFL.Men's Nike NFL San Diego Chargers Sideline Legend Authentic Logo Tank Top Blue

Oliver burst onto the scene as a rookie when injuries thrust him into action after he defied the odds to make the 53-man roster. He appeared in 14 games with seven starts, rushing for 582 yards and three touchdowns along with 36 receptions for 271 yards and another score.

After the former undrafted running back out of Buffalo made a name for himself last preseason, Oliver is doing it again in 2015. He’s the only Charger to score a touchdown in each of the team’s preseason matchups and Saturday’s 70-yard score was unlike any other play he’s been a part of.

Last season, many wondered how the Chargers would use Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown. While the coaches had plans in place, they were put on hold as injuries ravaged the position. Woodhead suffered a season ending broken ankle on his first carry in Week 3, and Mathews was limited to just six games as well. If anything, 2014 proved you can never have too much talent and depth at one position.