San Diego Chargers: Moving on

October, 3, 2011
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Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 26-16 win over the visiting Miami Dolphins on Sunday:

Recap: The Chargers are in first place in the AFC West with a 3-1 record and are avoiding a slow start to the season. Slow starts have plagued the team since the Norv Turner era began in 2007.

Biggest area to fix: The Chargers haven’t pounded inferior opposition. The teams San Diego has beaten (all at home) -- Minnesota, Kansas City and Miami -- have a combined record of 1-11. Still, each team has hung around the Chargers. Of course, all that matters is winning, but it would be nice to see the talented Chargers dominate a weaker opponent.

Biggest area to build on: Quarterback Philip Rivers played like Philip Rivers against the Dolphins. He tossed for 307 yards and he did not throw an interception. Rivers threw six interceptions in the first three games. His highest interception total in a season is 15. It seems like Rivers is settling down, which would be huge for this team.

What to watch for: The Chargers have an outstanding chance to be 4-1 at their bye. San Diego plays at Denver next week. Perhaps this will be the week San Diego puts it together and stops letting inferior teams stick around.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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