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Chargers LB Denzel Perryman earns AFC defensive player of the week

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning.

The NFL announced Wednesday morning that San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Denzel Perryman earned AFC defensive player of the week honors.

Playing through the pain of an injured left shoulder, Perryman finished with seven combined tackles -- including a tackle for a loss -- and an interception in the Chargers' 33-30 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.

Specifically, Perryman made two key plays to push his team to victory, an interception of Matt Ryan that gave San Diego the ball back to drive for the game-tying field goal, and the tackle for loss of Devonta Freeman on fourth-and-1 in overtime that turned the ball over on downs and set up Josh Lambo’s winning 42-yard field goal.

Perryman, a second-year pro out of Miami, is the first San Diego player to win the award since Donald Butler in 2012.

My take: With Perryman and Jatavis Brown, the Chargers have two playmakers at inside linebacker protected by a defensive line that's playing well right now.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders writes that the Chargers have a 29.3 percent chance of making the playoffs. However, Schatz said this Sunday's contest is a big swing game for San Diego, with the team’s odds of reaching the playoffs falling below 20 percent if the Chargers drop to 3-5.

My take: Even if San Diego loses against Denver on Sunday, the team’s next four games are home contests against the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins, followed by a bye, then games on the road against the Houston Texans and at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chargers have a chance to stack up some wins in the next month.

USA Today takes a closer look at the stadium situation in San Diego for the Chargers, and what might happen if the team fails to reach the two-thirds threshold needed for the November ballot initiative to pass.

My take: Two things to keep an eye on are the Oakland Raiders’ progress in Las Vegas and whether the team achieving a simple majority, but not reaching two-thirds, affects Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos’ approach to securing a stadium in San Diego or ultimately accepting the deal on the table in Inglewood.

• Chargers stadium adviser Fred Mass told Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith of The Mighty 1090 in this interview that he’s seeing some solid movement in private polls compiled by the team. “I feel pretty good with where we are today,” Maas said. “But I don’t want to kid anybody, two-thirds is a tough hurdle to overcome.”

My take: It's interesting that Maas says the needle is moving in the right direction, but would like to see if that’s also reflected in polls not conducted by the team.