Morning Links: Philip Rivers unplugged

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. Check out this video of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the final regular-season game against Kansas City. “We’re in!”

ESPN Bengals beat writer Coley Harvey reports that the Bengals game could be blacked out locally, with about 8,000 tickets left to be sold by Friday afternoon. If Cincinnati cannot sell the tickets, it will be the first time a playoff game is blacked out since 2002.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Mike Sando offers up some interesting tidbits in his five secrets from the 2013 season, including how a spike in cash spending can create an “all in” feeling for a coaching staff.

FootballZebras.com reports that Jeff Triplette will be the head official for the Chargers-Bengals matchup.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides a scouting report of the Chargers-Bengals game.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego also takes a closer look at the Bengals.

Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue examines the matchup between San Diego’s receivers and Cincinnati’s secondary.

Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated profiles Cincinnati’s secret weapon, rookie running back Giovani Bernard.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has San Diego selecting Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu at No. 22 in his latest mock draft.