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Morning Links: Chargers in a free fall

Good morning. Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press writes that the San Diego Chargers are in a free fall after Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati. The Chargers have lost four of their last five games. Wilson: “The Chargers made a big deal about having four of their final five games at home. After Sunday's loss, the Chargers are 2-3 at home this season after going 3-5 at Qualcomm Stadium last season. None of the remaining three home games have sold out.”

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert has this to say about Philip Rivers in his weekly QB report: “Rivers' 252-yard game gave him 3,633 yards for the season, making him one of six players in NFL history to produce at least 3,500 yards for six consecutive seasons.”

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego notes the increased role of tight end Ladarius Green, who played in 61 of the possible 67 offensive plays against the Bengals.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes that San Diego’s defenders need to muscle up.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com offers five lessons learned from San Diego’s loss.

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus notes in his look back at the Bengals-Chargers game that D.J. Fluker struggled at times, but overall was solid and San Diego’s front seven struggled against Cincinnati’s run game.

Kyle Posey writing for Bolts from the Blue believes that scheme, not personnel, is the reason for San Diego’s struggles on defense.

Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives the Chargers a C-minus grade for the team’s performance against the Bengals. Brinson: “A game that should ultimately knock the Chargers out of the playoff hunt. Ryan Mathews couldn't get the ground game going and Philip Rivers was ineffective. Nice game for Keenan Allen but they couldn't take advantage of any big chances.”

According to Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com, if the draft were to be head today, the Chargers would have the No. 12 pick.

Dave Tuley’s weekly ESPN Insider piece on NFL betting line should be part of your regular reading. He notes the Chargers are 3.5-point favorites over this week’s opponent, the New York Giants.

Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM Radio talks with former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson about San Diego’s struggles in this audio link.

Check out the dancing Grandpa from last week’s Chargers game in this video. Nick Hardwick would be proud.