Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Happy Thursday! The Broncos and the Jets will face off today in Thursday Night Football and I have to be rooting for the Jets in this one. I think that is 2 weeks in a row that I actually have been rooting for them. Something must be wrong in the football world for that to happen. Anyway, Go Jets… beat down those Donkeys!

Enjoy your dump:

San Diego Chargers left guard Kris Dielman suffered a concussion earlier this season and was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson finally addressed the play everyone was talking about after last Thursday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders, a deep pass to the end zone that was intercepted by Raiders safety Matt Giordano after Jackson made no effort for the football. The fourth-quarter turnover was a key moment in a 24-17 Oakland victory that lifted the Raiders into first place in the AFC West.

The four-time Pro Bowler, who has not played since suffering a concussion and seizure Oct. 23, has been placed on injured reserve.

Chicago’s stingy defense is forcing turnovers and coming up with big stops, and the Bears have won four in a row as a result.

At this point in his career, Jay Cutler has been a Bear for long enough that it’s easy to forget that he started out in Denver, where a fierce rivalry with Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers developed. Cutler had some of the best and worst games of his Denver tenure against San Diego. One of his worst games yielded a 32.7 QB rating, and cameras caught Rivers talking smack across the field to Cutler.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner wants to avoid repeating some of the mistakes made in the punting game by Chicago’s opponents, and says his team has a plan for defending Devin Hester, the NFC’s special teams player of the week.

SAN DIEGO — The NFL saying when a player goes down — and don’t the battered Chargers know it — is: Next man up!

San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears. Only three teams have a better turnover differential than the Bears’ plus-9. Only two teams have a worse turnover differential than the Chargers’ minus-8. When you do the math, this is a horrible matchup. The Bears have found a great combination to force takeaways. They are getting Julius Peppers and the front four to bring good pressure, which allows the seven men who drop into coverage to capitalize on mistakes.