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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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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.

He won the NFL Rookie Defender’s Player of the Year in October and December 2015

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Bosa led all rookies with 10.5 sacks in only 12 games. In addition, he finished the 2016 season with 48 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 15 QB hits, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. Da’Ron Brown is strengthening the exercise. He put his name on the map on October 9 against the Oakland Raiders where he became the fifth rookie in league history to notch two sacks in his NFL debut.

He earned NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Month honors during October and December, becoming the first Charger to earn the PFWA honor since Shawne Merriman in 2005. Along with the accolade, Bosa is the first Chargers rookie since Merriman to have 10 or more sacks in a season.

When news broke in early summer that tight end Antonio Gates was going to miss the first four games of the season, the biggest question became how the Chargers were going to fill the void of number 85.

“I had conversations with them,” Bosa said. “I had met with Cleveland and everybody at the Draft, and I made a trip out there. I saw some interest. I was not really expecting to end up there, but I definitely saw it as a possibility.”

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson said going back and thinking what could have been “doesn’t really matter.” What does is that number 99 has become one of the most productive playmakers on the Bolts defense.

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The Bolts were confident the other tight ends would step up, and sure enough Ladarius Green, John Phillips and David Johnson rose to the occasion. The trio played a vital role in the team’s 30-27 win against the Cleveland Browns particularly due to the fact that the Bolts were down two receivers in the game.

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Phillips’ start to the season is especially a feel good story as he was let go when the initial 53-man roster was set in early September. However, when Green was concussed before opening day, the team re-signed the former Virginia tight end on September 10. Nike Chargers #13 Keenan Allen Black Women's NFL Fashion Game Jersey

Since then, Phillips has contributed when called upon. He set a career-high four receptions in a game last week including a diving, one-handed catch. Against the Browns, he caught a leaping, one-yard touchdown pass in the end zone to put his team up eight points in the fourth quarter.

Second chances in the NFL are uncommon but any player knows that when they arrive, you better make the most of them. Lambo said he wasn’t sure what happened on the first attempt, calling it just a regular miss. However, he mentioned the encouragement of his teammates certainly helped him nail the second.
“They were just (telling me) to stay calm and that I had another shot at it so bang it through the uprights and that’s what I did. Asante Cleveland is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Miami and attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California. You never want to end a game on a miss so thankfully again, I was fortunate enough to get a second try on it and I made the correction and put it through.”
One of those teammates, safety Jimmy Wilson, called Lambo a “hero” and said a win like today’s, especially at the buzzer, is something that will bond the team in the weeks to come.

Philip Rivers is close to the perfect second half

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Allen led the Chargers, snaring a career-high 11 catches for his 121 yards along with two touchdowns. His first was a diving 12-yarder to put the Bolts on the board, while his last touchdown was a 23-yard strike with 3:40 remaining in a must score situation. Those two scores matched his total entering Sunday, and Allen felt poised for a big game based on a strong week of practice and his growing development with Rivers.

After setting two franchise rookie records by recording 1,046 yards and 71 catches in 2013, Keenan Allen is looking to take his game to the next level. A third-round draft pick last season, Allen made a name for himself as the Bolts’ primary receiver after the injury to Malcom Floyd. He finished his rookie season targeted 104 times for eight touchdowns.

The biggest difference between year two from year one for me is that it is more difficult than last year. That’s just the way defenses are playing me with different coverages. I’ve just got to cheap Los Angeles Chargers jerseys get open more. The good news is we have a great group of receivers that are doing well when I get that extra coverage. Malcom and Eddie, plus Antonio and the tight ends, they are all doing a great job. We have an unselfish group. They are all capable of making plays. We are all happy for each other and just want to win so we have to keep it going.

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Finally, Floyd also made history with his big day. His 59-yard catch not only marked the longest reception of his career, but it also passed Vincent Jackson for eighth place in team history for receiving yards. Still, Floyd’s biggest impact might have been on a play that won’t show up in the stat sheet as he drew a key pass interference penalty in the end zone in the final minute to set up Royal’s TD strike. In the end, M-80 explained this is the type of win that shows what the Chargers are all about.

Allen said the one of the biggest differences from year one to year two has dealt with football knowledge. He said he has much more of an understanding of the game. Another difference is his role on the team. Playing alongside veterans like Floyd and Eddie Royal, and with a number of youngsters, he believes the Bolts’ WR group could be one of the best in the NFL.

Philip Rivers had as close to a perfect second half as you could have on Sunday, going 14-of-15 for 185 yards and a touchdown when the Chargers needed him the most. He was 7-for-7 for 92 yards in a third quarter that saw the Bolts score 14 points, then orchestrated an 11 play, 93-yard drive that took up over seven minutes of action. Rivers punctuated that series by checking into a quick screen to Keenan Allen that went for a 29-yard touchdown.

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Having tossed multiple touchdowns in each of the last six games, this week Rivers is facing a Raiders defense that he torched for over 350 yards and four TDs in Week 5. He is listed as a “starter/love” on ESPN.com, CBS.com and Yahoo.com. CBS.com’s Jaimey Eisenberg said of Rivers, “He should be throwing a lot with Melvin Gordon (hip) out, and he has scored at least 22 Fantasy points against Oakland in four of his past six starts.” Rivers is on average going for $7,000 in daily fantasy leagues.

This will be Rivers’ first game in North Carolina since he was in college and many experts envision him having a warm homecoming. Rivers is averaging 279 passing yards per game this year while the Panthers have allowed 277 per game through the air. Both CBS.com and SI.com list him as a starter this week and Michael Beller of SI.com has this to say, “This is another game with a high over/under at 49.5, exactly the sort of context in which Rivers typically thrives. With Tyrell Williams a week healthier and Dontrelle Inman emerging as a legitimate weapon, Rivers should take advantage.” He is on average going for $7,300 in daily fantasy leagues.