Three things: Chargers-Vikings

September, 8, 2011
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The following are three keys things for the San Diego Chargers against the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Sunday:

1.Hold onto the ball: Ball security was a point of emphasis during the Chargers’ training camp. Coach Norv Turner believes the team’s inability to secure the ball has directly contributed to San Diego’s slow starts in recent seasons.

2. Stop the run: The Vikings can stay in the game if Adrian Peterson takes over. He ran for an NFL record 296 yards in 2007 when he last met the Chargers. San Diego must keep Peterson’s big runs to a minimum and it can’t let the Vikings control the clock on the ground.

3. Don’t let up: The Chargers can’t afford to lose this home game to a less talented team. With a road test at New England looming next week, the Chargers would be haunted by the ghosts of past slow starts all next week if they lose this game. The Chargers have to use their strong offensive attack and bury the Vikings quickly. They have to take away Minnesota’s will as soon as possible.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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