Chargers’ offense, special teams cost them vs. Broncos

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Chargers missteps can’t get Philip Rivers down – FOX Sports
In 2007, Rivers was a fourth-year quarterback, the Chargers roster was drenched in talent and a Super Bowl trip or two seemed like a foregone conclusion – if not that year, then soon.

Nearly 10 years later, the Super Bowl is still on hold. And though Rivers has surpassed Dan Fouts as San Diego’s most prolific passer, his place in NFL lore remains in limbo, held hostage to a franchise that has let things slowly decline around its star quarterback since the days when the Chargers ruled the AFC West.

Special teams continues to cost Chargers – San Diego Union-Tribune
While the Chargers have seen worse from their group this season, and there were some positives in a 27-19 loss to the Broncos, too many critical errors were made. Those were highlighted by costly points left on the board on a missed Josh Lambo field goal and a blocked extra point.

VIDEO: Chargers Locker Room On Missed Opportunities In 27-19 Loss To The Broncos
Hear from the Chargers locker room as Casey Hayward, Travis Benjamin, Mike McCoy and Melvin Gordon discuss missed opportunities and costly mistakes in the 27-19 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Broncos Coach Wade Phillips Carted Off After Sideline Collision – Deadspin
Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips left today’s game on a cart after a San Diego Chargers player collided with him on the sideline during a play.

VIDEO: Missed Opportunities, Play Call On 1st & Goal Add Up To Loss In Denver
What went wrong in the Chargers 27-19 loss to the Denver Broncos and why did the offense run four straight passing plays on fourth and goal?

Kris Bryant shakes off struggles to keep Cubs in World Series – USA Today
Bryant salvaged the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series appearance in 71 years Sunday night with just his second hit in six games, a solo home run that sparked a three-run fourth inning. That was all the offense the Cubs needed, their 3-2 victory staving off elimination for at least one more game – and giving them their first World Series win in Chicago since 1945.

Wild week in Mtn. West puts Wyoming, Aztecs in driver’s seat for title game – San Diego Union-Tribune
SDSU can clinch a tie for the West title Saturday night at Qualcomm Stadium with a win over Hawaii, which lost 28-21 to New Mexico early Sunday morning (San Diego time). An SDSU win against Hawaii and a Nevada loss Saturday at New Mexico would clinch the West outright for the Aztecs and a berth in the championship game.

Report: Santa Clara Threatens To Take Over 49ers’ Stadium For Misuse Of Taxpayer Dollars – Deadspin
Two years after Levi’s stadium opened, Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor has concerns that the city is not being properly reimbursed for expenditures and is getting less than its fair share of money from the stadium’s special events. Gillmor has now warned the 49ers that Santa Clara will take control of the stadium if the team cannot prove how taxpayer dollars are being spent.

Cam Newton rips NFL refs: ‘I don’t even feel safe’ – USA Today
With about seven minutes left in the third quarter, Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell hit Newton below the knees. Newton was visually upset when officials did not call a penalty on the play.

“I’m speechless,” Newton said of the no-call on the hit by Campbell. “I could’ve torn my ACL. That was the breaking point.”

Aztecs’ Pumphrey extends national rushing lead, moves up to No. 6 on all-time list – San Diego Union-Tribune
Donnell Pumphrey rushed for 223 yards in Friday’s 40-13 win at Utah State, giving him 1,469 yards on the season. He came into the weekend leading Wyoming’s Brian Hill by 236 yards. Pumphrey now is 313 yards ahead after Hill rushed for 146 yards in the Cowboys’ stunning 30-28 victory over No. 13-ranked Boise State. Hill sits in second with 1,156 yards.

Craig Anderson Posts Shutout In Emotional Return After Wife’s Cancer Diagnosis – Deadspin
Anderson wasn’t supposed to be back in net, not for a while after he took a leave of absence on Thursday. The reason wasn’t given at the time, out of respect to his privacy, but when backup Andrew Hammond suffered a groin injury in Friday’s game and Ottawa announced Anderson would rejoin the team, they collectively agreed to publicize Nicholle’s cancer diagnosis, and the fact that his return was her idea.

Donald Trump: NFL’s ratings are down because of Colin Kaepernick – Sports Illustrated
At a rally in Colorado on Sunday, Republican candidate for president Donald Trump said the NFL’s declining ratings are due in part to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

 

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