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San Diego Chargers: Moving on

Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 31-20 loss at Chicago:

Recap: The Chargers are officially in a free fall. They have lost five straight games and are now 4-6. The Chargers are two games behind first-place Oakland (which won at San Diego in Week 10). This loss was like all the rest this season. The Chargers played well for pockets in this game, but they floundered late.

Biggest area to fix: I know it’s a broken record, but San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers made crucial mistakes. He played well for much of the game. But Rivers threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter. He has made key mistakes in the final quarter of every San Diego loss this season. Time is running out for Rivers this season.

Biggest area to build on: The Chargers played strong run defense. They held Bears standout runner Matt Forte to 59 yards on 21 carries. This was a big improvement after San Diego was ravaged on the ground by Oakland in Week 10.

What to watch for: The Chargers have to stop the bleeding at home next week against surging Denver. The Broncos have won four of their past five while the Chargers have skidded. After five games, the Chargers were 4-1 and the Broncos were 1-4. Now, Denver is 5-5 and is ahead of San Diego in the standings.