Fresh off a big win against division rival Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers (4-9) look to continue their winning ways as they travel to the west coast to take on the San Diego Chargers (5-8). Historically, the Panthers have had great success against the Chargers taking three of the four meetings between the clubs.
Many Carolina fans will remember the last trip to San Diego as the game where Jake Delhomme found Dante Rosario for the game-winning touchdown as time expired back in 2008. It could be a fair assumption that San Diego coach Norv Turner and quarterback Philip Rivers haven't forgotten it either.
Sunday's game will also feature a homecoming of sorts for Panthers coach Ron Rivera and fullback Mike Tolbert. Both spent time with Chargers organization prior to coming over to Carolina.
Carolina has done well over the past six games splitting the difference between them and it's not a far fetched conclusion it could win out to finish 7-9. However, it needs to take care of business out west, and the Chargers are coming off a big win against AFC heavyweight Pittsburgh.
There have been many things the Panthers have been doing well over the past few weeks, most notably the drastically improved play of Cam Newton. Despite an overall disappointing showing this year, Carolina has seen a lot of positives this year in addition to its quarterback's resurgence. Steve Smith will have another 1,000 yard season (currently he is at 999) and Luke Kuechly is leading the league in tackles and making a strong case for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
With all the good things going on right now, there is always room for improvement and this week's game will be no different. Here are Carolina's 10 keys to the game against San Diego.