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Monday, October 11, 2010
Moving on: San Diego Chargers

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Here are some areas San Diego needs to focus on after a 35-27 loss at Oakland:

Recap: The Chargers’ maddening season continued. In their third road game of the season, the Chargers killed a dominant performance with special-teams blunders and offensive turnovers to fall to 2-3.

Biggest area to fix: special teams. I hate to be redundant, but the Chargers’ biggest problem remains horrendous specials-teams play. Oakland blocked two punts in the first five minutes of the game that resulted directly in nine points for the Raiders. In three losses, San Diego has given up 30 points on special teams. At the very least, special-teams coach Steve Crosby is on notice.

Biggest area to build on: offense. The Chargers have been dominant on offense all season. That didn’t change against the Raiders. Quarterback Philip Rivers was brilliant. But the team did commit three turnovers, including a killer fumble from Rivers that resulted in the game-sealing touchdown for Oakland in the final seconds of the game. Slop is hurting the Chargers, but they are getting yards, no doubt about it.

What to watch for: The Chargers will try to win on the road for the first time this season in St. Louis. If the Chargers lose to the Rams and fall to 2-4, they may have to reach for the panic button.