On ESPN’s week 3 power rankings, the Chargers shot up 10 spots to number 16. The general consensus around most power rankings is that, right now, the Chargers are an average team. Given everything that the team has gone on through, from injuries to the expected rebuild to all the question marks regarding Philip Rivers and the offense, average sounds pretty good right now.
Most power rankings heading into week 2 had the Chargers as bottom-feeders in the league, ranking as low as 28th in the NFL by some. I was shocked to see that the Chargers actually fell on power rankings following their three-point, week 1 loss to the Houston Texans. The second-half, 24-point collapse was on everyone’s mind, understandably, but how could you not be impressed by how the Chargers played in the first half? Losing by a last-second field goal to a Super Bowl contender is nothing to be ashamed of, and was still a better overall performance than most people probably expected to see from the Bolts.
They should’ve been ranked around 16-20 following their loss to the Texans, and now, they appear properly slotted.
Against two good football teams to start the season, the Chargers have shown they will at the very least be competitive in just about every game they play this season. They’ve now played in two close games and have shown both the ability and inability to win in the clutch. Their season could still go in two completely different directions, depending on if Rivers can continue to light it up and get it done in the clutch. But for now, let’s enjoy the additional respect the Chargers have gotten.
The Chargers have some winnable games in the next few weeks including games against the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins. Look for the Chargers to continue their upward trend in the next few weeks.