Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

It’s dumping rain out here in San Diego. Dumping rain and a morning dump!

SAN DIEGO — Two years ago, Ray Lewis shot the gap and met Darren Sproles head-on in the backfield on fourth-and-2 in the closing seconds to seal the Baltimore Ravens’ 31-26 victory against the San Diego Chargers.

After two victories to climb within a game of .500, the Chargers are rising like a holiday cake baking in the oven. But this upside-down season sees a team finding its equilibrium too late to live past New Year’s Day.

Less than a year ago, the Broncos were the AFC West team in disarray. They were the team in the division without a rudder, without a top football executive and without a head coach. Now the Broncos have the most stability in the AFC West. They have a six-game win streak and lead the division with an 8-5 record.

SAN DIEGO — The Buffalo Bills were a good team at the start of the season, racing to a 5-2 record behind quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

All the stadium stories you’ve missed since my last roundup while you were starting to wonder if you should bother calculating playoff scenarios….