Morning Links: Rivers jumps into MVP race

It only took seven weeks, but ESPN’s Dan Graziano finally put San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers on his MVP Watch for the first time this season. Rivers debuts at No. 5.

Graziano: “Rivers orchestrated the most elaborate and successful game of keep-away in NFL history Monday night, stapling Luck to the sideline all night and kicking him clean off this list. You know that disappoints the Watch, who believes that in the future this will be called the Luck Award. But this is the present, and Rivers has the second-best passer rating in the league with receivers you have to admit you never heard of before Jon Gruden started telling you where they went to college.”

In this ESPN Insider piece, Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. evaluates rookie San Diego receiver Keenan Allen’s performance against Indianapolis.

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus places D.J. Fluker (No. 7) and Keenan Allen (No. 10) in his race for rookie of the year.

ESPN’s Mike DiRocco reports that Jacksonville tight end Mercedes Lewis (calf) likely will be back in the lineup against San Diego on Sunday.

Brian Billick of the NFL Network writes that Ryan Mathews’ effort against Indianapolis provides proof that an effective running game still is important to moving the ball on offense.

Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego reports the Chargers have dusted off a proposal to build a new stadium at the site of Qualcomm Stadium as a possible option, now that the housing market has rebounded.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com breaks down the Chargers-Jaguars matchup.