DAILY LINKS: Defense leads Chargers to win over Texans

Chargers thwart Texans for fifth win – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego’s defense largely stymied the Texans from start to finish, the performance capped with safety Dexter McCoil’s end-zone interception of a Hail Mary pass as time expired. That turnover was the Chargers’ fourth forced in a 21-13 win, which kept their season alive for at least another week.

VIDEO: Chargers Locker Room On 21-13 Win Over Texans “We Had To Win This Game”
Hear from Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, defensive end Joey Bosa and quarterback Philip Rivers on the Bolts’ 21-13 win over the Houston Texans.

Casey Hayward assembling Pro Bowl-worthy season for Chargers – ESPN
Casey Hayward is quietly going about his business in his first season as a member of the San Diego Chargers. But the former Green Bay Packers cornerback is putting together a résumé worthy of Pro Bowl consideration.

Hayward leads the league in interceptions (six) and pass breakups (22). Hayward’s six interceptions ties a career high he set in Green Bay during his rookie season in 2012.

VIDEO: Defensive Front, Undrafted Players Shine In 21-13 Win
What went right in the Chargers 21-13 win over the Houston Texans? A solid effort by the defensive front, including nose tackle Damion Square and several undrafted players have a big game as Bolts win a must-win game. Joey Bosa, Damion Square, Casey Hayward and Dontrelle Inman weigh in on the win.

Bolts mess with San Diego off field, Texas on it – San Diego Union-Tribune
Preceding the Chargers’ 21-13 victory over the AFC South-leading Houston Texans, the Stadium Game bubbled once again.

Unattributed published stories continue to surface, suggesting that the Spanoses, who have the ability to shape the relocation narrative, might move the team in 2017, yet offering no hard details.

Broncos pay for OT gamble as Chiefs win on last-second field goal – USA Today
Gary Kubiak bet on his kicker and lost, and now the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos find themselves with an uphill battle to make the postseason over the final five weeks of the season.

Kubiak called on kicker Brandon McManus to attempt a 62-yard field goal to try to win Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the final minutes of overtime. McManus’ right foot slammed into the grass and the line drive kick was low of the uprights. That left the Chiefs with a short field and plenty of time to set up Cairo Santos’ 34-yard game winner as time expired in overtime.

Derek Carr’s gross, crooked pinkie finger was not enough to stop the Raiders – SB Nation
Derek Carr left the Oakland Raiders’ game against the Carolina Panthers with a nasty pinkie injury. It forced him to go to the locker room. He came back, put on a glove and handled things just fine.

3 Things We Learned from the Aztecs’ loss to Colorado State – San Diego Union-Tribune
The gut feeling here is that SDSU’s destination will be the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl for the third time in five years. That would matchup them against longtime Mountain West/WAC rival BYU.

Redesigning the Padres – Gaslamp Ball
A couple of San Diego Padres fans, frustrated with the team’s 2017 uniform changes, have taken it upon themselves to design what could be the team’s uniforms in future seasons. You need to see these for yourself!


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