Morning Links: Playoff Machine debuts

SAN DIEGO -- Good Morning. ESPN's Playoff Machine is up and running this week. See if you can find a couple of scenarios where the San Diego Chargers make the postseason. Here’s one. In this scenario, the Chargers go 5-1 down the stretch and finish 9-7 overall, earning the No. 6 AFC wild-card seed and traveling to Indianapolis for a rematch with the Colts in the opening round of the AFC playoffs. San Diego’s only loss is at Denver, which means the Chargers would have to win on Sunday at Kansas City.

Thomas Maney of Pro Football Focus provides three things to watch for in Sunday’s contest between San Diego and Kansas City: the Chiefs' run game, defending Danny Woodhead and can Jeromey Clary block Justin Houston.

Eliot Harrison at NFL.com predicts the Chiefs over the Chargers 23-20.

Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated has San Diego tied for 27th overall in his weekly pressure points column ranking defensive pass rush. San Diego’s offense is No. 5 in the league in pass protection.

Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com believes the no-huddle approach is not a cure for all offenses noting the three teams that use it most (Denver, Philadelphia and Buffalo) are 19-13 while the three teams that use it the least (Seattle, New Orleans and Carolina) are 25-6.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego checks in with San Diego receiver Vincent Brown, who has struggled of late.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with defensive coordinator John Pagano about his unit’s tackling issues.

John Gennaro of Bolts From The Blue poses five questions about the Chiefs to Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride.