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Monday, December 10, 2012
San Diego Chargers: Moving on

By Bill Williamson

Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 34-24 road win at Pittsburgh on Sunday:

Recap: The Chargers won for just the second time in the past nine games. They are now 5-8 and have faint playoff hopes. It was the Chargers’ first regular-season win at Pittsburgh after going 0-14 there. Owner Dean Spanos gave coach Norv Turner a game ball Sunday, but expect Spanos to fire Turner and general manager A.J. Smith in a few weeks.

Biggest area to fix: Getting more yardage. Despite the explosion in points, the Chargers had just 294 yards of offense. It was the fourth-straight game in which the Chargers did not gain 300 yards of offense. The last time that occurred was in 1999.

Biggest area to build on: Third-down production. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers completed 11 of 18 passes on third down and converted 61.1 percent of the time. All 11 of his completions on third down went for first downs. Extending drives has been a problem for this team of late.

What to watch for: The Chargers have a chance for a second straight win when former defensive coordinator Ron Rivera brings the Carolina Panthers to San Diego in Week 15.