San Diego Chargers: Moving on

November, 1, 2011
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Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 23-20 overtime loss at Kansas City:

Recap: If the Chargers are going to suffer a more painful, devastating loss than this game, I’m not sure they can handle it. The Chargers were seconds from taking control of the AFC West when quarterback Philip Rivers -- who was strong for much of the game after a shaky start to the season -- simply dropped a snap from center in the final minute at the Chiefs’ 15-yard line. A shaken Rivers owned up to the miscue and called the loss “rough.” There is now a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West between the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders at 4-3.

Biggest area to fix: Well, there’s a lot, especially on offense. San Diego’s problem all season has been stalling inside their opponent’s 40. Monday night, they died after getting to the Chiefs’ 35. San Diego went inside the Chiefs’ 35 nine times. It scored one touchdown. How does that happen?

Biggest area to build on: The San Diego defense played winning football. Yes, it gave up a big drive in overtime, but it did enough to win this game in regulation. It bottled up Kansas City on several drives. But it just couldn’t get a cushion from the Chargers’ offense.

What to watch for: The Chargers have two tough home games in a short period of time. The hangover from "The Snap" must quickly end. San Diego hosts unbeaten Green Bay on Sunday and then it hosts Oakland four days later. There is no time for the Chargers to fret about this loss, which may be a good thing.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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