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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Morning Links: An efficient Philip Rivers

By Eric D. Williams

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert highlights San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers’ efficiency in his quarterback report for Week 16. Seifert: “Rivers completed 17 of 21 passes that traveled 10 yards or fewer downfield, increasing his completion percentage on such throws to an NFL-high 75.3 this season. It's the major reason why Rivers leads the NFL with a 69.7 completion percentage on all throws.”

In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, ESPN’s Mike Sando ranks San Diego’s game against Kansas City in the top 10 contests in the final week of the season.

Sando: “The Chiefs are locked in as the fifth seed and are looking like a one-and-done team, even in a shaky AFC. Their issues extend beyond quarterback Alex Smith, but Smith's splits provide a compelling illustration. Smith has a 3-3 starting record with six touchdowns and four interceptions against teams that had .500 or better records at kickoff. He's 7-1 with 15 touchdowns and four picks against teams that had losing records. That included no touchdowns, two picks and four sacks Sunday. The Chargers can clinch the sixth seed with a victory, but only if the Ravens and Dolphins also lose. Dallas gets a disproportionate amount of attention for its frequent 8-8 finishes, but the Chargers aren't far behind them. They were 8-8 in 2011 and lost a tiebreaker for the AFC West title. They're 8-7 now and on the bubble. A Chargers victory and a Cowboys defeat in Week 17 would leave both teams at 24-24 over the past three seasons.”

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus takes a look back at San Diego’s win against Oakland. Marcus Gilchrist, Eric Weddle and King Dunlap earn good marks.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that Chargers coach Mike McCoy is asking for a vocal turnout from team supporters on Sunday.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com gives us five lessons learned from San Diego’s win against Oakland.

Andrew Brandt writing for Sports Illustrated examines the recruiting season for agents seeking top NFL prospects just finishing college. Good read.

Dave Rappoccio, AKA @drawplaydave on Twitter says Merry Christmas from the AFC West.