Moving on: San Diego Chargers

October, 29, 2012
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Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 7-6 loss at Cleveland on Sunday:

Recap: You have any fancy words for awful? Things are really, really bad for the Chargers. They have lost three straight games and losing to an outfit like the Browns shows how dire things are for the 3-4 Chargers. They are still very much in the thick of the AFC West race, but this team doesn’t have a lot to be excited about right now.

Biggest area to fix: Sloppiness. Yes, the game was played in bad weather, but the Chargers made one mistake after another. A Ryan Mathews fumble, a Robert Meachem dropped touchdown and an Atari Bigby dropped interception that would have been a touchdown were all examples of a team that is not mentally right.

Biggest area to build on: Look, it’s hard to find shine for this team right now. But anytime a defense holds an NFL offense to seven points, it is a positive. The problem is, the Chargers could only muster six points.

What to watch for: San Diego doesn’t have much time to feel sorry for itself. It hosts Kansas City on Thursday night. If the Chargers have any designs of showing it can be a playoff team, it must beat the Chiefs. Yes, we said the same things going into the Cleveland game.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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