Morning Links: Rivers drops in QB rankings

SAN DIEGO – Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece, ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski drops San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers from No. 5 to No 9 in his latest quarterback rankings. Jaworski says Rivers is still having a good season, but his play has dipped of late. Jaworski: “Rivers has hit a rough stretch after a sensational start to the season. The Chargers have dropped four of their past five games, but Rivers was sensational in their win over Kansas City. He's managing the game from the line of scrimmage and the offense appears much better suited to his skill set.”

ESPN’s John Clayton writes that Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt could be a candidate for the Houston Texans vacancy with Gary Kubiak let go this week.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Mel Kiper Jr. places Keenan Allen No. 8 on his top 30 rookie rankings. D.J. Fluker is No. 20

ESPN’s Matt Ehalt reports that Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will miss a second straight game due to a shoulder injury.

Adam Rink of NFL.com believes that Larry Fitzgerald would have been the best option for the Chargers in the 2004 draft instead of Philip Rivers, pairing the explosive receiver with Drew Brees.

Pat Kirwan, Will Brinson and Pat Prisco of CBS Sports preview the Chargers-Giants matchup in this video.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes about safety Darrell Stuckey, he leads the Chargers’ special teams units.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com gives us his five keys to the game.

Jason Peters writing for Bolts from the Blue evaluates Chargers head coach Mike McCoy’s decision making on fourth down.