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Three to Watch: Five-Year Veterans

After months of spouting about Super Bowl aspirations, the Chargers start turning talk into action this week as they get ready to host the Carolina Panthers in the regular-season opener. Leading the playoff push is a trio of fifth-year veterans, one in every phase of the game.

1. QB Philip Rivers Rivers enters his fifth season with the Chargers as the team's undisputed leader. Although he's always been popular with his teammates, he officially cemented himself as the face of the franchise by playing in last year's AFC Championship Game despite a seriously injured ACL. QB Philip RiversStephen Dunn/Getty Rivers underwent knee surgery during the offseason and rehabbed...

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