San Diego Chargers: Moving on

October, 24, 2011
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Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 27-21 road loss at the New York Jets:

Recap: The Chargers blew a big opportunity Sunday. They had a 21-10 lead at halftime and saw the Jets come back to win in the second half. The Chargers fell to 4-2 with the loss. They could have built a nice lead over Oakland. Yet, the Chargers know lead Oakland (4-3) by a half-game.

Biggest area to fix: The Chargers’ passing game is out of sorts in several areas, including deep passes and Philip Rivers’ accuracy. He has nine interceptions in six games. The Chargers’ final drive of the game, in which they were in total disorganization, displayed the problems they are having. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers’ passing offense failed in the second half Sunday as the Jets came back. After going 4-for-4 on third down in the first half, Rivers went 1-for-7 on third down in the second half, and both of his interceptions came in that situation.

Biggest area to build on: The Chargers know they can do some good thing against a good team on the road. In their previous loss, at New England in Week 2, the Chargers could have won but they were foiled by mistakes. San Diego needs to gain confidence from its strong first half and find a way to win on the road against a tough opponent.

What to watch for: The Chargers have another tough test next Monday night at Kansas City. The Chiefs have won three straight games, and it should be a wild atmosphere at Arrowhead Stadium. If the Chargers lose, San Diego, Kansas City and Oakland will all be tied for first place in the division at 4-3. The Chargers need to win this game.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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