Time once again for my Chargers "3 Questions" blog...a question that was answered, a question that was left unresolved, and a new question that was created during the course of the game. Here's the Chargers vs. Chiefs edition:
QUESTION ANSWERED: Which player was the steal of the 2013 NFL Draft? Plenty of teams are kicking themselves for letting WR Keenan Allen fall all the way through the first two rounds of the draft. Injury concerns dropped the stock of the Cal Golden Bear, but Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said it was an easy decision to scoop up Allen in the 3rd round when his name was still on the board. Now we know why. Allen has outperformed most 1st round picks, and with his 4th 100-yard receiving game of the season in Kansas City, has established himself as one of the top candidates for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
QUESTION UNRESOLVED: How does Derek Cox keep worming his way back into the starting lineup after getting burned and benched every Sunday? The struggles on defense for the Chargers go beyond just one player, but free agents who sign $20 million contracts get held to a higher standard. Unfortunately, this season has been a disaster for Cox and the signing appears to be a big blunder by Telesco. The GM has done a terrific job adding street free agents like Thomas Keiser, Reggie Walker, and Lawrence Guy to bolster the linebacking corps. Isn't there someone out there who can help out this secondary?
QUESTION CREATED: How do you explain the Chargers' 4-1 mark against teams that currently have winning record and 1-5 mark against teams with losing records. The best answer? It's the NFL, and the NFL is unpredictable. Sorry, that's all I have. It's also tear-your-hair out frustrating for fans. It's one thing when you can say your team just isn't good enough...but the Chargers have beaten several teams that will be playing in January. In fact, they're the only team in the NFL right now that has 4 wins against teams that currently own a winning record. If the Chargers are sitting at home during the postseason, it makes for an agonizing game of "what if?"