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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
San Diego Chargers: Moving On

By Bill Williamson

Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 38-14 victory at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night:

Recap: The Chargers played their most complete game of the season — well eclipsing their previous high margin of victory of 10 points. It might be too late to save a once-promising season, but San Diego did show it is capable of dominating. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Chargers, who are now 5-7 and tied with Kansas City, two games behind AFC West leaders Denver and Oakland.

Biggest area to fix: It’s difficult to pick at something after this effort. In every San Diego loss this season, the team made crucial mistakes. There wasn’t any big issues Monday night. However, the Jaguars did take a 14-10 lead in the second quarter by scoring touchdowns on back-to-back drives — so it wasn’t a perfect night.

Biggest area to build on: There was promise everywhere, but give credit to quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers is having his worst NFL season. He has played well for pockets of most games, but has made way too many mistakes overall. Monday, Rivers was fantastic. He completed 22 of 28 passes for 294 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Rivers hasn’t thrown an interception in the past two games. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Rivers was particularly effective on deep passes. He completed 8 of 10 passes for 209 yards on passes of 15 yards or more, including all three of his touchdown passes.

What to watch for: San Diego hosts reeling Buffalo on Sunday as it tries to keep its faint playoff hopes alive. The 5-7 Bills have lost five games in a row.