San Diego temporarily saved their season when they came up with a second-half comeback against Tennessee. It got them to 3-5 and bought them a temporary reprieve. Now they visit Houston to play a Texan team coming off a tough Monday Night loss in Indianapolis. The Chargers got some good news with the return of Vincent Jackson and he'll be eligible to play again on November 28. If the Bolts are in contention for the AFC West title, Jackson could be a big factor down the stretch and in the playoffs, but they must first get this road win. Philip Rivers is having a tremendous season, but the running game continues to be a problem. Mario Williams won't have to think twice about teeing off on the Charger quarterback. While Houston is in a classic letdown spot--coming off an MNF game against a division rival, they are also in a must-win spot at 4-3 and in a much better division than San Diego. If Gary Kubiak stays patient and establishes Arian Foster on the ground, it will get things opened up for Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. I like the Texans to get this one done at home.
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Dan Flaherty is the editor of the Sports Notebook Family, published through the Real Clear Sports Blog Network, offering daily MLB playoff coverage and game analysis in college football and the NFL. He is the author of The Last New Year's, a book that revisits the historic high points of college football's New Year's Day bowl games.