SAN DIEGO – Good morning. In anticipation of Friday’s Pro Bowl announcement, Bill Barnwell of Grantland released his NFL all-pro team this weekend. Only one San Diego player made the cut, Eric Weddle. The 28-year-old safety also joined Philip Rivers in earning a Pro Bowl invitation.
Barnwell: “Weddle is a great player mired amid a pretty awful secondary. San Diego's lack of a pass rush has kept the team's defensive backs trapped in coverage for far too long this year, but Weddle has done an admirable job of holding up while chipping in with his fantastic instincts as a run defender. Now, if the Chargers can just work on the other 10 spots ...”
Weddle talks about making the Pro Bowl in this video link.
In this ESPN Insider piece, John Parolin of ESPN Stats & Info ranks San Diego kicker Nick Novak No. 5 on his list of the NFL’s most clutch kickers in 2013.
Scott Hanson of Pro Football Focus points to San Diego’s running backs vs. Kansas City’s defense, running back Knile Davis vs. San Diego’s defense and how much Andy Reid will rest his players as his three things to focus on in the Chargers-Chiefs contest.
NFL Playbook breaks down the San Diego-Kansas City matchup in this video.
Tom Krasovic, writing for U-T San Diego, says that Chargers left tackle King Dunlap has played better lately.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides his keys to the San Diego-Kansas City matchup.
Mike Tanier, writing for Sports on Earth, predicts the Chiefs over the Chargers, 27-21. Tanier: “If the Chargers reach the playoffs, good for them, and good for us. They are far more watchable than the Ravens or Dolphins, and they have not kicked up a lick of drama or controversy all year. In fact, no one has paid much attention at all as Phillip Rivers revived his career, Keenan Allen developed from mid-tier prospect into superstar and Mike McCoy restored excitement and creativity to an offense stuck for years in Norv Neutral. The Chargers pass defense is awful (though improving) and the team still sometimes gets a mental block around the goal line, but no one claimed they were the 1962 Packers. At least they aren't closing in on 60 sacks allowed or naming their kicker the MVP. Go, Chargers, go.”
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated likes the Chargers over the Chiefs, 27-17. Banks: “Tricky game to pick because the two teams that San Diego needs to lose in order for the Chargers to make the playoffs with a win -- Miami and Baltimore -- play an early game, and thus Mike McCoy's club could be eliminated by the time kickoff rolls around. On the other hand, the Chiefs are locked into their No. 5 wild-card slot, and Andy Reid has said he won't play some starters the whole game. But the Chargers have already beaten Kansas City in Arrowhead Stadium this year, so it's hard to go against them in a game that would assure them a winning record and stamp McCoy's first season as a definite success.”