DAILY LINKS: Are the Chargers’ playoff hopes dead?

Latest Chargers loss may be a killer – San Diego Union-Tribune
Following four Philip Rivers interceptions and more missed opportunities, the Chargers blustered into their bye with a 31-24 loss to Miami, the final blow coming on a 60-yard interception return for a TD by linebacker Kiko Alonso with 61 seconds remaining. No one acted as coroner in their locker room afterward, no person declaring the 2016 season dead. But all parties could agree this was a development they could ill afford, a shortcoming only exacerbated by what happened elsewhere in the AFC West.

VIDEO: Chargers Locker Room On Loss To Dolphins “Upset, Angry”
Philip Rivers, Matt Slauson and Melvin Gordon discuss the 31-24 loss to the Dolphins in what was a “must-win” game.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers Cost the Chargers a Shot at the Playoffs – Bolts from the Blue
Fans can make plenty of excuses: the offensive line was horrid; the ground game was non existent, his undrafted wide receivers ran the wrong routes, etc. But be that as it may, Rivers’ implosion cost the Chargers a shot at the playoffs.

Chargers CB Brandon Flowers suffers concussion – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers cornerback missed four games earlier this year for a concussion he suffered Sept. 25 against the Colts. Seven weeks later, in a 31-24 loss to the Dolphins, Flowers was diagnosed with another. He has a notable history with the injury type before the 2016 season.

VIDEO: Too Many Breakdowns As Bolts Lose Must-Win Game
Four, fourth-quarter interceptions by Philip Rivers but what else went wrong in the Chargers 31-24 loss to the Dolphins and was there a breakdown in communication?

Chargers have few options but to move to Los Angeles after stadium vote fails – CBS Sports
Several NFL ownership sources who have been in contact with Spanos in the past believe he will move in the wake of this defeat, an effort he sunk more than $10 million into. There is a sense that this year — with a strong presidential race turnout, with an option to move to L.A. looming, and with some late mayoral support — that perhaps the Chargers could get a majority. Falling this far from even that threshold was a major blow.

Chargers can stop L.A. threats – San Diego Union-Tribune
The CBS story cites “ownership sources” and other sources from around the NFL, but anyone who has covered this saga can see signs that the narrative got its genesis in San Diego. Just like the two missives from the same author that dropped on previous Sundays this season.

Are they really trying to scare us?

Yes. And it’s insulting. No, it was insulting before. Now it’s on its way to being infuriating.

Padres’ Rea has Tommy John surgery – MLB.com
When Padres right-hander Colin Rea suffered a partially torn UCL in July, the expectation was always surgery. Instead, Rea and the Friars chose to rehab the injury in an attempt to salvage his 2017 season.

On Thursday, Rea’s chances of pitching in 2017 officially came to an end. The 26-year-old righty had Tommy John surgery, ruling him out for next season. With a year and a half to recover, the club is optimistic he’ll be back for the start of the ’18 season.

3 Things We Learned from the Aztecs’ win over Nevada – San Diego Union-Tribune
SDSU has now gained 2,939 yards this season, which projects to 4,114 yards for the year. That would smash the school-record 3,266 yards last year’s team gained.

What’s more, Rashaad Penny is well on his way to joining D.J. Pumphrey as a 1,000-yard running back this season. Pumphrey, who leads the nation with 1,779 yards, reached 1,000 before the season was half over. Penny, who has 784 yards now, could soon join him.

Rams Snap Losing Streak With 9-6 Win Over Jets – NBC San Diego
Greg Zuerlein made three field goals and the Los Angeles Rams snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-6, victory over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon at Metlife Stadium.

The Rams defense once again carried the team as they held the Jets to just six points, and Alec Ogletree intercepted a Bryce Petty pass with less than two minutes remaining to seal the victory for the Rams.

Gulls Topple Moose En Route To 6-3 Win – SanDiegoGulls.com
The San Diego Gulls (4-5-1-0) defeated the Manitoba Moose (6-5-0-1) by the score of 6-3 in the finale of Military Weekend in front of 11,024 fans at Valley View Casino Center. The Gulls split the season series with Manitoba (2-1-1) and are now 1-3-0-0 in the second half of back-to-back contests this season. With the victory, Gulls Head Coach Dallas Eakins picked up his 200th career AHL win.


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