The Chargers could not stop the Steelers on Sunday night, though they made it close at the end. RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for only 15 yards. LB Shawne Merriman looks like he is still recovering from offseason surgery. But coach Norv Turner is not ready to write the season off yet.
San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Tim Sullivan, however, believes there is still plenty to be worried about in San Diego.
- Turner is probably right. The Chargers figure to be better as the season progresses, if only because there are no more Super Bowl champions on their schedule. Philip Rivers is a capable quarterback with big-play receivers and he’s going to keep putting up points if playing one-dimensional catch-up does not land him in the hospital.
- But if a division title looked to be low-hanging fruit in August, it now appears to be a long, arduous climb. The Denver Broncos are already 4-0, and can extend their AFC West lead against New England during the Chargers’ bye week.
Some other stories of note from around the Web on a Monday morning.
- There were not a lot of things going right for the Raiders before Sunday. But another loss just adds to the frustration. Some of the more pressing issues are dropped passes and the inability to run the ball.
- This is going to be a season of growth for the Buccaneers. So why not spice things up and go for it every now and then?
- The Lions snapped a 19-game losing streak last week by beating the Redskins. But come on, the Lions are still a work in progress.
- What is holding up the Chiefs? RB Larry Johnson says that it is ego. The team had five chances inside of the 5-yard line Sunday. The Chiefs passed the ball four times instead of trying to run it.