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Chargers open as 4-point favorites over Bears

Good morning.

In this ESPN Insider piece, NFL handicapper Dave Tuley provides the early betting lines for Week 8 games. The San Diego Chargers opened as 4-point favorites over the Chicago Bears.

ESPN NFL Nation Bears beat writer Jeff Dickerson reports that running back Matt Forte and former Chargers receiver Eddie Royal both suffered knee injuries last week that likely will keep them out of Monday’s game.

My take: The Chargers could be catching the 2-5 Bears at the right time, creating an opportunity to go into the bye week with a win if San Diego takes care of business at home.

Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that John Spanos, the president of football operations for the Chargers, has some tough decision to make with the team sitting at 2-6 and a potential move to Los Angeles in the future.

My take: The franchise is at a crossroads on and off of the football field. It will be important that whatever decisions Spanos makes on the football side are long-term solutions geared toward sustainable winning and building a championship contender.

Jay Paris of The Mighty 1090 AM radio says that Chargers general manager Tom Telesco deserves some of the blame for where the team sits at the midpoint of this season.

My take: Everyone in the front office must shoulder the load for San Diego’s misfortunes this season, and that includes Telesco.

Nick Hardwick and Jordan Beane discuss San Diego’s loss to Baltimore in this video. Hardwick points to special teams and of course injuries as concerns moving forward for the Chargers. Hardwick also talked about the importance of creating more balance on offense.

My take: Beane provides an interesting stat line: Philip Rivers has thrown for over 1,500 yards, 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions in the last four games, but the Chargers are 0-4 in those contests. That shows it takes more than elite-level quarterback play to win in the NFL -- you also have to win the battle up front.