Morning Links: Destiny calling Chargers?

CINCINNATI -- Good morning. Jarrett Bell of USA Today says the San Diego Chargers could be this year’s team of destiny in the NFL playoffs. And while San Diego players won’t go down that road, they certainly are taking on an us-against-the-world mindset as they prepare to face the Denver Broncos for a third time this season.

San Diego players indicated confidence is high in the locker room. The team is loose, and while they have a healthy amount of respect for Peyton Manning and the Broncos, the Chargers are not scared or intimidated by playing in that environment because they won there just a month ago.

Vegas does not believe destiny is calling San Diego. The Chargers are 10-point underdogs heading into Sunday’s contest, which adds more fuel to their fire.

“I’m not really getting into that,” Chargers safety Eric Weddle said, when asked if the Chargers are a team of destiny. “I play it week-to-week.”

ESPN Broncos beat reporter Jeff Legwold examines how Denver will handle San Diego’s us-against-the-world mentality, a mindset he says Mike McCoy gleaned from his time working with Broncos coach John Fox.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com writes that Philip Rivers could be the consensus pick for comeback player of the year.

Brian Billick, Heath Evans and LaDainian Tomlinson for the NFL Network believe the Chargers have a better chance than the Colts of advancing in the AFC divisional round. Check out the video.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports previews the Broncos-Chargers game. He says a key matchup will be San Diego’s pass rushers vs. Denver’s offensive tackles.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes that Melvin Ingram has provided a spark for the Chargers in his return from an ACL knee injury.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland says the Chargers did a much better job of putting pressure on Andy Dalton in the rematch.

According to Steve Palazzolo Pro Football Focus, Rivers and San Diego’s secondary had good games against the Bengals.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com gives us five lessons learned from San Diego’s win on Sunday.