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ESPN: Morning links: Rivers climbs QB rankings

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    SAN DIEGO -- Good Morning. In this ESPN Insider piece[​IMG], NFL analyst Ron Jaworski moves San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers up a notch to No. 5 in his quarterback rankings at the midpoint of the 2013 season. He notes the continued growth Rivers has made under coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s offensive system.

    “It’s been quite a renaissance for Rivers. He’s No. 2 in Total QBR with a mark of 77.4, and he is thriving in this new-look San Diego offense. We’ve seen him manage the game from the line of scrimmage, and it’s paying dividends for the Chargers, who find themselves in the thick of the AFC playoff chase.”

    Bill Barnwell of Grantland takes a look at the state of the zone-read option, with some NFL observers claiming that the offense is no longer effective in the league. Barnwell says don’t believe the hype.

    ESPN’s John Clayton wonders if the AFC West is as good as advertised. The combined record of the four teams in the division is 22-8 -- the best nine-week record of a division since the merger.

    Mike Jones of the Washington Post provides five storylines to follow in Sunday’s Chargers-Washington matchup.

    Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that San Diego receiver Keenan Allen isn’t satisfied with where he’s at right now, and is focused on improving.

    Ricky Henne of Chargers.com offers his five keys for San Diego against Washington on Sunday.
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    2. Is the AFC West really that good? Kansas City is unbeaten. Denver sits at 7-1. San Diego is 4-3 and Oakland is 3-4. The combined record of the four teams in the division is 22-8 -- the best nine-week record of a division since the merger. A 9-1 record against the horrible NFC East is one of the reasons, but those games are drying up. The Broncos went 4-0 against the East, while the Chiefs are 3-0 with only the Redskins left to play. Sunday will be a good test to see if the trend holds up. The Chiefs travel to Buffalo, hoping the Bills won't be a trap game. If the Chiefs win, they will be 9-0 heading into a bye in advance of a Nov. 17 must-see contest against the Broncos. Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel won't play because of a knee injury, and Thaddeus Lewis is questionable to start with a rib injury. The Chargers have a chance to go 3-0 against the NFC East if they can outduel Robert Griffin III and the Redskins at FedEx Field. The Oakland Raiders, much improved on defense and energized by quarterback Terrelle Pryor, host a Philadelphia Eagles team that hasn't had a 300-yard total offensive output in two weeks.

    5. Teams on the rise: San Diego and Carolina have risen from the ranks of the NFL's below-average teams. Each squad sports a 4-3 record, putting each in position to challenge for a wild-card spot. Sunday could determine if their playoff threats are for real. The Panthers host a beat-up Falcons team that is down at receiver and has a banged-up running back, Steven Jackson. Carolina QB Cam Newton is playing his best football over the past four games. Falcons QB Matt Ryan is struggling with the limited weapons he has around him. Still, this is a good rivalry that usually has close, good games. If the Panthers can win this game, they can make the claim they are legit playoff contenders after years of frustration. Ron Rivera has assembled one of the best defensive front sevens in football. That will cause problems for a Falcons offensive line that hasn't been great at blocking anyone. In San Diego, Philip Rivers has revived his career under new coach Mike McCoy. In his past three games, he's completed at least 20 passes at around an 80 percent clip. The Chargers play Washington hoping to get to 5-3.

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