We're Still Waiting to See a Different Chargers Defense, and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystSeptember 24, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch between Eric Weddle (L) #32 and Quentin Jammer (R) #23 of the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 23, 2012 in San Diego, California. The play was called back because of a penalty. The Falcons defeated the Chargers 27-3.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers got blown out by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and as is typically the case in a blowout, there wasn't just one issue. With Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews on the offensive side of the ball, the offense has the benefit of a proven track record.

The defense was supposed to be improved, but has a track record that suggests they can't keep the Chargers in the game if the offense is going through a rough patch. The hope was the Chargers had solved fixed the defense in 2012, but if the defense is truly different, we're still waiting to see it, according to Kevin Acee of the U-T San Diego.

San Diego's defense looked bad, and it didn't look like a unit that has improved against the Falcons. Of course, the Falcons have made the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos and the Chargers look bad on defense in consecutive weeks. If the first three games are an indicator, the Falcons are one of the NFL's elite teams. 

There are still 13 games left in the season, and it might take five or six games before we have a good feel on the direction and overall quality of each team. Until the Chargers defense carries the team to victory, we will still wonder if they are truly different from previous seasons. 


Other AFC West News:


San Diego

Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego describes how tight end Tony Gonzalez pulled a fast one on the refs on Sunday.



The Denver Post reports that the Broncos say the team and not an individual is responsible for allowing big plays to the Texans.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says the Texans exposed holes in Denver's base defense. 



Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that tight end Brandon Myers is becoming a go-to target.

Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group has the latest on the injury to wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.


Kansas City

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says the Chiefs still have major issues. 

Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star says the Chiefs defense stepped up and made stop of the Saints' biggest threats.