Morning Links: Allen getting noticed

DENVER -- Good morning. San Diego rookie receiver Keenan Allen is finally getting some shine nationally. Peter Bukowski of Sports Illustrated pegs Allen as his offensive rookie of the year. Bukowski: “This award has been [Green Bay running back Eddie] Lacy's for most of the last two months, but Allen has wrestled it away with an outstanding stretch as the Chargers' top receiver. He had just three catches for 59 yards against the Giants, but scored twice and is showing why he ought to have been a higher pick despite injury and speed concerns coming out of Cal. With a shootout all but assured this week against the Broncos, expect Allen to continue to be targeted regularly by Philip Rivers.”

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com says the offensive rookie of the year award is a tight battle between Allen, Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy and Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard.

According to Football Outsiders, the Chargers have a 3.2 percent chance of earning the No. 6 AFC Wild Card berth.

ESPN Stats & Info provides the top stats to know for tonight’s game between the Chargers and the Broncos.

ESPN Broncos beat reporter Jeff Legwold writes that the Broncos will play in their sixth prime time game this season on Thursday against the Chargers.

More Legwold: Wes Welker has been ruled out of Thursday’s game with lingering concussions symptoms.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that Manti Te'ohas made progress in his rookie season.

Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue writes that Te'o has improved in pass coverage but still struggles in the run game.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com says San Diego is embracing the challenge on the road against Denver.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Mel Kiper Jr. has cornerbacks like Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard moving up his big board. Both could be potential targets in next year’s draft for the Chargers, who need help in the secondary.

Former NFL scout Greg Gabriel writing for the National Football Post breaks down two offensive tackle prospects who could make sense for the Chargers – Tennessee’s Antonio Richardson and Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio.