Morning Links: Blackout looming

December, 5, 2013
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SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that the Chargers could be looking at their second straight NFL blackout if the team does not move enough tickets by the league deadline of 4:25 p.m. ET Thursday.

According to the team, about 3,900 tickets remain unsold as of Wednesday. If the team believes they are close to making the number, or can secure a sponsor to help purchase the remaining seats, the Chargers can ask for a 24-hour extension from the NFL.

Last week, the Chargers had over 4,000 unsold tickets, which led to the NFL’s first blackout of the season.

According to John Breech of CBSSports.com, the lowest price for a ticket to Sunday’s game in San Diego is $59 -- the seventh-highest ticket price for the slate of 16 NFL games this weekend.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland says that San Diego receiver Keenan Allen is in the discussion for offensive rookie of the year award, along with Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon, Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and St. Louis running back Zac Stacy. Barnwell: “I think all four of those guys are in the running for this award, and with nobody in this group likely to make the playoffs, it's going to essentially come down to who plays best over the final four games of the year. My suspicion is that Lacy narrowly beats out Glennon, even though Allen has been the most impressive offensive rookie to my eyes this year.”

Chargers linebacker Reggie Walker was miked up for last week’s game against Cincinnati. Check out the video.

John Gennaro of Bolts from the Blue writes that if the Chargers somehow find a way to win out, they have a decent shot of making the playoffs at 9-7.

ESPN.com’s Jeffri Chadiha debates taking a generational player like South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or a quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater with the No. 1 overall selection in the upcoming draft.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Clowney is No. 1 on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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