San Diego Chargers: Moving On

December, 3, 2012
12/03/12
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Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 20-13 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday:

Recap: This terrible season continues to get away from the Chargers. They are now 4-8 and are in danger of their first losing season in nine years. San Diego blew yet another fourth-quarter lead as the Bengals outscored the Chargers 10-0 in the final quarter. San Diego has lost seven of its last eight games. The Chargers are currently on pace to have the No. 6 pick in the draft. The A.J. Smith-Norv Turner era appears weeks away from being over.

Biggest area to fix: Running game. The Chargers ran the ball just 11 times. I know the run game is struggling, but the Chargers have to run the ball more than 11 times. That’s no way to win a game.

Biggest area to build on: Philip Rivers. He wasn’t perfect, but he wasn’t awful, either. He tried to keep his team in this game. Give him some help and he will be fine.

What to watch for: The Chargers stagger into Pittsburgh on Sunday. Perhaps Ben Roethlisberger awaits or perhaps it will still be Charlie Batch. Either way, can you see the Chargers winning a game right now?

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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