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Monday, December 19, 2011
San Diego Chargers: Moving On

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 34-14 win over visiting Baltimore on Sunday:

Recap: The Chargers have to be one of the most maddening teams in the NFL. As it stands now, no one would want to meet this club in the postseason. The Chargers are finally playing exactly how we thought they’d be playing. They destroyed a top AFC team on Sunday night. San Diego has beaten its past three opponents by a combined score of 109-38. The problem is that time is running out for the Chargers, who are 7-7. That’s what happens when teams go on six-game losing skids. Digging out of a hole is nearly impossible. Still, there is a chance. San Diego will win the AFC West if it wins its next two games and Denver loses its next two games. The Chargers also have an outside chance for the wild card.

Biggest area to fix: The only thing San Diego needs to fix right now is the past, and that’s impossible.

Biggest area to build on: The Chargers had seven sacks Sunday. Linebacker Antwan Barnes had four sacks himself. San Diego’s pass rush has been hit-and-miss this season, but it was dominant on Sunday and set the tone for the blowout.

What to watch for: Can the Chargers continue to dominate Saturday in Detroit? The Lions are also  in playoff contention.