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Chargers move on to Vikings

They're not hanging their hats on last week's loss, said Eric Weddle.

In the words of the salty Bill Belichick, the Chargers are "onto Minnesota."

Safety Eric Weddle is, at least. He's been there since Sunday night, when he watched film on the Vikings during the Chargers' flight home from Cincinnati.

"I’m not going to hang my hat on one loss," Weddle said Monday, referring to the Bengals' win over San Diego, 24-19. "I didn’t play good enough. We all didn’t. We all need to play better and it’s time to move forward. No use hanging our heads when we have a tough opponent ahead of us."

That tough opponent includes running back Adrian Peterson, who ran for 134 yards against the Lions Sunday (and had two receptions for 58 yards on top of that). Against the Bengals, San Diego's front seven allowed 175 yards.

"The way we played last week, we’ve got to stop the run," Weddle said, and added that the Vikings "didn’t make any mistakes [last Sunday]. They ran the ball well, Teddy [Bridgewater] was efficient and they played well at home against a team we just faced. We've got to go out and play well, tackle well, communicate and all be on the same page and go out and get a win."

They'll face an offense designed by their former head coach, a mind that Weddle knows well.

"It's going to be pretty crazy going against Norv [Turner], being with him for so many years," Weddle said, smiling. "It’ll be great to see him, but hopefully we beat them up pretty good.

"I went against his offensive philosophy every day for six years. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a great environment against a really good team and obviously there are some things that I know since being around him for so long. Will it carry over? We’ll see. Hopefully we can do enough, and play enough at a high level to get a win."

It's safe to say Turner knows Weddle very well too, no?

"Definitely," Weddle said. "I’m sure he’ll have a great game plan."


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