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Chargers' offense flailing during losing streak

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Chargers are mired in a three-game losing streak, Norv Turner and Philip Rivers are under fire and things are unraveling in San Diego. The weather in Cleveland on Sunday didn’t help the cause in the Chargers’ 7-6 loss to the Browns, but the offense has been disappointing.

We heard that a focus in the bye week would be to get more conservative to focus on minimizing turnovers. Unfortunately, RB Ryan Mathews’ propensity to cough it up returned on Sunday when he lost his second fumble of the season and seventh in 31 career games. San Diego rushed the ball 34 times on Sunday — the Chargers ran the ball 30-plus times in both of their wins this season — but they couldn't get the job done against Cleveland.

Part of the reason to go to the run was to take some pressure off Rivers, who has been turnover-prone in losses (he has 10 turnovers in four losses and two in the three wins). In the fourth quarter this season, Rivers has thrown one touchdown and four interceptions and has a passer rating of 58.1 — he threw four straight incomplete passes from the Cleveland 44-yard line in the final two minutes to end the Chargers' hopes on Sunday.

One daily team observer said after the loss to Denver that Rivers was taking more heat in San Diego than ever before in his career, and Sunday's loss to the Browns likely doesn't change the perception. His head coach, Turner, is used to the heat, and the two need to figure things out on offense to right the ship.

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