Why Sports Illustrated is Wrong About the AFC West

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Oct 19, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) walks off the field after throwing an interception to the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter in a 23-20 loss at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Picture

San Diego is likely to be a a good team this year. But in each of the areas discussed above, it is hard to find how they have a distinct advantage over the Chiefs.

Gordon may turn out to be great. But the Chiefs will likely still have the better ground attack. And even if Gordon is a rookie sensation, the Chargers are probably going to remain a pass-oriented team (especially if they want to retain Rivers after this, his contract year). And while S.D. may have taken a step back losing Royal, Kansas City’s pass attack should be notably improved over the horrendous showing in 2014.

And unless Houston decides to hold out for part of the season, the K.C. defense should as good or better than what was on the field last season. If you ask me, the Chiefs are in a better position than the Chargers going into training camp. Think that is my bias showing? Fine. Then call the offseason thus far a draw.

But if you call it a draw, then the teams should be in a position to repeat the games they played last year. And that resulted in a Kansas City Sweep.

So tell me, why are you picking the Chargers again?