Wrap-up: Rams 20, Chargers 17

October, 17, 2010
10/17/10
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A look at a huge loss for the Chargers:

What it means: The Chargers are officially in trouble. San Diego is 2-4 and is 0-4 on the road. The slop continues. San Diego can’t just sit around and expect to get hot because it did the past three years after being 2-3. The Chiefs aren’t running away with the division, but the Chargers have to start showing they can do enough to win.

Injury of note: San Diego star tight end Antonio Gates departed the game with an ankle injury. He had just two catches. Gates, 30, is having one of his best NFL seasons. This is a multifaceted offense, but the Chargers need Gates on the field for it to be special. No. 1 receiver Malcom Floyd left with a hamstring injury.

Trending: In left tackle Marcus McNeill’s first game of the season after ending his holdout, the San Diego offensive line struggled. Quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked seven times after getting excellent protection in the first five games of the season. Clearly, this unit has to jell again.

What’s next: The Chargers come home for two weeks where they are a much better team. San Diego has won in two laughers at home. But its next guest, New England, is no joke. San Diego has to make plays or it will be 2-5.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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