by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (5:22 pm ET) The Chargers are in fine shape defensively heading into their Sunday clash against the Raiders. Just four players from that side of the ball are on their injury report - and they are all probable.
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1:44 pm ET) Chargers linebacker Bront Bird (ankle) practiced on Friday while wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe) remained out. Both, however, should play Sunday against Oakland, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Chargers slow down Broncos in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/13/13) The Chargers shockingly kept the Broncos' high-powered offense in check Thursday, in a 27-20 win in Week 15.
The Broncos, who entered the game averaging a league-best 39.6 points per game, managed just 10 in each half Thursday. This was the Broncos' lowest scoring game of the season, though it continues a pattern, as each of their four lowest have come in the last five games.
The Chargers dominated time of possession, as the Broncos held the ball for just over 20 minutes. As a result, Denver's offense managed just 307 yards, despite turning the ball over just once on a Peyton Manning interception. The Chargers added just one sack.
Typically, the Broncos have been the worst possible sight for a DST unit to have on the schedule. Though it wasn't a particularly spectacular game from a Fantasy perspective, the Chargers definitely outperformed expectations Thursday. They will try to keep the momentum going in Week 16, with the Raiders on the schedule.
Thomas Keiser comes up with key turnover
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/13/13) Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser didn't make much of an impact for much of Week 15 against the Broncos, but he made one big play in a 27-20 win Thursday. Keiser finished the game without a tackle, but he did intercept his first pass of the season, on a tipped ball in the fourth quarter.
Donald Butler's six stops lead the way
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/13/13) Chargers linebacker Donald Butler had a solid game Thursday, leading the team in tackles in a 27-20 win over the Broncos in Week 15. Butler had six stops -- all solo -- in the win.
He has 70 tackles in 11 games, one season after racking up 77 in 12 games.
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The Chargers DST played well in 2012, and they will look to build off that performance this season. The Chargers were a top-10 Fantasy DST last year with 38 sacks, 14 fumble recoveries, nine defensive touchdowns and 14 interceptions. While the overall stats were good, part of the reason for the success was an easy schedule. The Chargers had 10 games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league but three games with five points or less. They also had three huge games against the Chiefs (twice) and Jets with at least 24 Fantasy points in each contest. We expect the Chargers DST to continue to play well this season, and they are worth drafting with a late-round pick as your starting option. (Updated 4/26/13)