Morning Links: Peyton's kryptonite

October, 9, 2013
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Herm Edwards breaks down the key weaknesses for the top teams in the NFL through five games, which includes two undefeated teams in the AFC West in Denver and Kansas City.

And according to Edwards, the weakness of the Broncos align with the strength of the San Diego Chargers -- Denver’s inability to stop the pass defensively. Even with Peyton Manning leading the Broncos to 46 points per game offensively, the Broncos showed they could still potentially lose a high-scoring game, giving up 506 passing yards to the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo last week in escaping with a 51-48 win. Edwards points to Kansas City’s inability to push the ball down the field offensively as that team’s key weakness.

Edwards: “Not only is it a concern that Denver is allowing a whopping 347 yards a game through the air (last in the NFL), but the Broncos are giving up 8.3 yards per attempt (31st) according to ESPN Stats and Information, so they're giving up yards in big chunks. That doesn't take away from how good this team has been against the run (69.6 yards allowed per game, best in the league), but it's been a different story against the pass. I know that Champ Bailey is out, which has forced Tony Carter, Chris Harris (who left Sunday's game with a concussion) and Kayvon Webster into more snaps, but this pass defense really struggled with crossing routes, and three Dallas receivers had more than 100 yards receiving Sunday. Denver's tackling in the secondary also was poor, and far too often, receivers were wide open for the Cowboys.”
Ricky Henne writing for Chargers.com breaks down the Colts-Chargers matchup.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego writes that the Chargers’ loss to Oakland could be a blessing in disguise, because it puts to rest false hope that this team could contend for a playoff spot this season.

ESPN.com Colts blogger Mike Wells writes that the Colts’ deal for running back Trent Richardson looks even better now, with Ahmad Bradshaw being placed on the injured reserve with a season-ending neck injury.

Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus notes that San Diego tight end Antonio Gates has more catches than any other tight end or receiver on first down with 17.

Mike Silver of NFL.com puts the Chargers at No. 24 in his weekly NFL Rankings. Silver: “Given that Eric Weddle told CBS' Dan Fouts he plans to grow out his beard until the Chargers win the Super Bowl, can we expect the safety to join a certain Texas power trio [ZZ Top] at the conclusion of his NFL career?”

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch gives us the lowdown on the new Pro Bowl uniforms designed by Nike. Yes, pictures are included, and it looks like the Pro Bowl will be Civil War game between Oregon and Oregon State in Hawaii next year.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says during the league’s fall meeting that two more playoff teams could be added in 2015.

According to CBS Radio 610 in Houston, a Texans fan showed up at Houston quarterback Matt Schaub’s doorstep and berated him about his recent poor play.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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