Three things from Chargers-Bengals game

Run game is improving; turnovers, not so much.

The Chargers fell to the Bengals, 24-19, at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. Here are three things you need to know in the aftermath of the game:

**Last week, Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich said he wants his rushers to run for an average of at least 4-yards per carry each game. Sunday, they did that against the Bengals, rushing for 131 total team yards and averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Rookie Melvin Gordon led the attack with 88 rushing yards and bursts of 20, 26 and 27-yard gains. The last time a Charger had at least three rushes of 20-plus yards in a single game was LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007.

**This one was lost at the line of scrimmage. The offensive line had trouble blocking -- mostly in pass protection -- and allowed four sacks on quarterback Philip Rivers. On the other side of the ball, the Bengals ran for 175 yards on the Chargers' front seven. The next game won't be any easier. Vikings' RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards on the Lions Sunday, and looks to be just hitting his stride after playing only one game in 2014.

**The Chargers have committed six turnovers through the first two games, the most in the NFL. Three have come as interceptions, three as fumbles. If San Diego doesn't clean that up quick, it's going to be a very long season.

Six turnovers is "way too many," according to head coach Mike McCoy. 

"That's something we have to cut back on," McCoy said. "It's not like we're going out there on Sundays trying to turn the ball over. We value the football."

Added center Chris Watt:

"Ball security is huge. We were lucky in Week One, we were able to overcome some of those things, but that's normally not the case. There's a small percentage that you're going to win when the turnover margin is in their favor. We're going to have to do a lot better job. That sack fumble [on Rivers], that's on us, we have to do a better job protecting him.

"Turnovers, they're drive killers, which is a huge thing too."


**Right guard D.J. Fluker (ankle) was walking around the locker room Monday without a walking boot. He seems to be coming along and said he was hopeful he would be back in the next few weeks.

**Right guard Johnnie Troutman (forearm) said he thinks he'll return in the next two weeks as well.

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