Chargers vs. Bears: 3 Adjustments San Diego Must Make in the Second Half

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Vicent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers catches a ball against Champ Bailey #24 the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers won 29-24. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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The Chargers are riding a four-game losing streak coming into today's game against the Bears, and with Oakland winning today, they are in desperate need for a win to keep pace in the AFC West.

Points were hard to come by until late in the first, with the Chicago pulling ahead 17-10 heading into halftime. Here are three adjustments they need to make to give themselves a chance in the second half.

Get More Penetration

The Chargers have given up a few big plays in the first half, and that will happen with Cutler and Forte in the mix. But when San Diego gets penetration on defense, putting pressure on Cutler and hitting Forte in the backfield, that's when they're having the most success stopping Chicago's offense.

Take Some More Chances

In the first half, Rivers only threw the ball downfield twice, and both were big completions to Vincent Jackson. When the Chargers had 3rd and 25 at the end of the first quarter, they ran a draw play to Tolbert. 

San Diego has been rewarded when they throw long, so why did it take them so long to figure it out? Hopefully we see more of that in the second half.

Stay Disciplined

San Diego keeps shooting themselves in the foot with all these pre-snap penalties. Those are just mental mistakes. Don't do the Bears' job for them.