It starts with the running game. LaDainian Tomlinson showed signs of life with a season-best 36-yard run in the first quarter, but outside of that play he averaged less than 1.6 yards per carry. That number is skewed downward because LT had so many carries near the goal line, but that only highlights a much larger issue.
Tomlinson logged eight carries from within the Chiefs' 5-yard line and failed to cash in on any of those opportunities. If the Chargers can't punch it in from that close against a Chiefs defense that was playing on its heels, there is no way they can do it against upcoming opponents like the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
WR Chris Chambers
Because Chambers was in the rotation, the Chargers couldn't create any opportunities for Legedu Naanee. Also, Chambers stunts the development of former first-round pick Buster Davis, who has been tied to the inactive list all season. It may be time for Chambers to take Davis' place on the inactive list, allowing San Diego's younger receivers to each move up one place in the pecking order.
And speaking of potential changes in the starting line-up, there could be another one coming on defense. Tim Dobbins played fantastic in place of Kevin Burnett, who was out with an ankle injury, and could replace Burnett on a permanent basis.
Dobbins led the Chargers with 11 solo tackles, a pass break-up and an interception off a tipped pass. He has proven to be much better in run defense than Burnett, and right now, the Chargers need all the help against the run they can get.
Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera won't be afraid to shake up the rotation after his last move worked so well, at least in the short term. Rivera promoted Steve Gregory to the nickel-back position prior to the Chiefs game and Gregory responded with a sack and an interception. Gregory was used as a blitzer often in Arrowhead and it seems Gregory's pass-rushing prowess played a big role in his taking over for Antoine Cason.
It will be interesting to see if the move works so well against a more talented offense, seeing as the Chiefs entered Sunday's game ranked No. 30 in total offense. However, the Chargers will have to wait two weeks for an answer to that question, as up next are the Oakland Raiders, proud owners of the NFL's No. 32 offense and the two-headed quarterback monster of JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski.
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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.