Here are some areas San Diego needs to focus on after a 21-14 loss at Kansas City:
Recap: The Chargers didn’t adjust to the poor weather as well the Chiefs did and were victimized by several big plays. They tried to come back but couldn’t finish the job.
Biggest area to fix: The offense needs to be sharper. Again, San Diego was badly affected by the weather, but this group is too talented to be stymied for half of a game by inclement weather. Rookie running back Ryan Mathews needs to make more of an impact. He had 75 yards on 19 carries, but he never was a dominant force against the Chiefs. Quarterback Philip Rivers needs to lead a sharper, more consistent passing attack.
Biggest area to build on: The defense wasn’t bad. Yes, Jamaal Charles had a 56-yard touchdown run, but for the most part, San Diego’s defense was fairly stout, especially against the pass. That’s a good sign moving forward.
What to watch for: The Chargers have to get that winning feeling back. San Diego won its final 11 games of the regular season last year. Yet, it was beaten by the Jets at home in the divisional playoffs and now has lost the 2010 season opener. San Diego is 5-7 in September under Norv Turner. The Chargers have to bounce back at home Sunday against Jacksonville or the familiar “slow start” talk will resume.