Each week after the Chargers play, I plan to use this blog space to look at three things about the team ... 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. Eagles edition:
QUESTION ANSWERED: Can Philip Rivers lead the Chargers on a game-winning drive? After going 0 for his previous 11 with the game on the line in the 4th quarter, Rivers finally removed the large monkey from his back with a final period performance that rivaled anything we've seen from him in the past. Better yet, Rivers already looks more comfortable in Mike McCoy/Ken Whisenhunt's new offense that we had any right to expect him to be after just two games. To me, that's the biggest reason for optimism the Chargers have given fans this season.
QUESTION UNRESOLVED: How bad is the Chargers secondary? We never expected the defensive backfield to be one of this team's strengths, but they've been torched for 6 straight quarters by Matt Schaub and Michael Vick. The Eagles, though, will undoubtedly put up huge numbers on most of the defenses they face this season, so we can still give the Chargers secondary an incomplete grade for now ... but the jury won't be out for much longer.
QUESTION CREATED: Does the win in Philadelphia fundamentally change what we think about the Chargers? At the beginning of the season, most of us expected the Chargers to be at or below .500 and not a serious playoff contender in the AFC. Do we all of a sudden believe the Chargers could now be the NFL's surprise team in 2013? A quality road win can't be ignored, but there are lots of 1-1 teams in the league right now, and a handful of them will still end up finishing the season at 7-9 or 6-10. Let's wait and see how the Chargers follow up this win before trying to answer this question.