Five Postgame Takes
1. We’re tied for second place in the AFC West, and we are a mere yard wide of being alone in first place. The Norv era is officially underway in San Diego. The Chiefs are in a tailspin. The Broncos are two last-second field goals away from 0-3. There’s still a lot of work to be done. However, we have scored 20 or more points three times in three games after reaching the 20-point mark only four times last year. We’re not going 65 miles per hour yet, but the vehicle is out of the ditch and starting to gain momentum—and LaMont “Horsepower”
2. You didn’t hear a peep out of me regarding the ShanaRat timeout last week, and I have received karmic repayment.
3. I saw no dropoff with Culpepper, he gave me fewer scares than McCown in terms of decisions and accuracy, and he cured our red-zone drought (yes, that TD came via the run, but he set it up). I see more zip and precision with his throws. McCown does seem to be a bit more mobile, but I think Culpepper will put a bigger scare into defenses, which is why I would put him into the game next week, especially as it’s against the team that dumped him. I’m sure he’d love to feast at the table of payback.
4. Honestly, the prevent defense has been killing this team for a decade or more. Did you see the Browns ripping off 10 and 15-yard chunks on their last scoring drive? That drive was the poster child for a decade’s worth of prevent defenses. Then it got worse…In the words of NY Raider: “Our last defensive play was a hybrid of the prevent and no defense (and we even took a timeout to come up with that gem)!” Yeah, that was truly special. We literally had no one on the defensive line and still gave up a nearly lethal reception. Ludicrous. Prevent the prevent!
5. The haters will spin this to high hell. The same haters who said that the Broncos earned last week