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AFC West Week 2 recap: Are the LA Chargers the bonafide second-best team?

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Denver Broncos lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-21

Key takeaways:

The Denver Broncos dropped to 0-2 on the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers and had some concerning developments come from this game.

The Broncos are dealing with some bad injury luck. Von Miller is out for the year, A.J. Bouye got hurt in Week 1, Phillip Lindsay is out multiple weeks, the offensive line was not to its full form and most importantly, Courtland Sutton will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL in Week 2.

The Broncos took another big hit in Week 2 as quarterback Drew Lock strained his rotator cuff and will miss 3-5 weeks. That is a huge blow for a team that was building around Lock and now has Jeff Driskel (or Blake Bortles) under center.

There was not much to get excited about in terms of production as well. Melvin Gordon had just 70 yards on 19 carries but did have a receiving touchdown. Jerry Jeudy had 62 receiving yards and Justin Simmons did get an interception off of Big Ben.

Are the LA Chargers better than the Denver Broncos?

Resoundingly, yes. If you recall, I personally was really high on the Broncos this season as I really liked the moves they made in the offseason and even without some of the bigger names, I thought their defense would be great behind a great defensive head coach.

Plus, with no (or limited) fans in the stands, the Broncos had an advantage as they have the best natural home-field advantage with the elevation.

However, with all of these injuries and the way the Chargers have looked (with Justin Herbert), I cannot sit here and say the Chargers are a worse football team. At full strength both teams are close, but as it stands right now, the Broncos have a lot of catching up to do.

Denver plays the Buccaneers, Jets, Patriots, Dolphins and Chiefs over the next five weeks. If Lock misses all five they easily could go 1-4, dropping a game to either the Jets or Dolphins that they should have won, moving them to 1-6 or 0-7 on the season.