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:
Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego describes how tight end Tony Gonzalez pulled a fast one on the refs on Sunday.
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.
Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says the Chiefs still have major issues.