Morning links: A tough December

April, 24, 2014
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Good morning. Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks to San Diego players about the release of the regular-season schedule on Wednesday.

Center Nick Hardwick looks forward to a home schedule that includes games against top-level teams such as Seattle, New England and Denver.

Quarterback Philip Rivers acknowledges his team will face tough sledding in December, with a finishing schedule that includes three of the last five games on the road and four teams that made the playoffs in 2013.

“That home stretch is definitely a cluster of teams that have won a lot of football games,” Rivers said. “Not only recently, but over many years. So it will be a tough finish, but that’s when you need to be playing your best.”

ESPN NFL draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss who the Chargers will select at No. 25 in this draft podcast.

NFL Nation offers predictions for each team here. I predict a 10-6 record for the Chargers.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego ranks the three toughest games on San Diego’s schedule -- hosting Seattle in Week 2, at Denver in Week 8 and at San Francisco in Week 16.

Nate Davis of USA Today likes the Chargers to finish second in the AFC West behind Denver.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post puts Kansas City at San Diego in Week 7 on his list of top 15 games for the 2014 season.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated talks with the four men responsible for making the 2014 NFL schedule.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has the Chargers selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller in his latest mock draft.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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