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Takeaways from Chargers’ 24-17 loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball during the preseason NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball during the preseason NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball during the preseason NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball during the preseason NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Too many turnovers

Why did the Chargers lose this game despite those stats mentioned earlier? Turnovers.

The Bolts turned the ball over four times, which makes it quite difficult to win games at this level. The quarterbacks were responsible for three of them. The other one, a fumble by Derek Watt, was picked up by Arizona linebacker Jeremy Cash, who ran the other way for a touchdown.

If there’s one thing head coach Anthony Lynn will be harping on at practice this week, it’s going to be protecting the football. He’s been around the game long enough to know that turning the ball over four times will lead to defeat.

Smith threw an interception, but the other three turnovers were all fumbles. That simply can’t happen. These fumbles show a lack of focus and a lack of mental preparation. Even if it is just a preseason game, it’s something the team needs to get cleaned up going into the Seahawks game.

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