Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass to tight end Antonio Gates (85) during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Training Camp Power Rankings


Here we go, this will be the first Power Rankings that I have ever posted for Bolt Beat. It is way too early to know anything about all these teams and I will be as realistic as possible with my rankings. I would love to put the Chargers at the top every time, but there definitely are some teams that look stronger on paper.

…let’s just jump right into it.

1. Seattle Seahawks: This is one of the best looking teams on paper and I think they are stronger than their division rival San Francisco 49ers. I think they have a great shot going all the way this year. I also didn’t have the heart to place the Denver Broncos at the top of this list.

2. Denver Broncos: After all the acquisitions this offseason, they are making a run for the championship. Peyton Manning is not going to play forever. This will be one of his best rosters that he has played with.

3. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan and those pair of receivers with Steven Jackson and Tony Gonzalez is dynamic. Definitely will be one of the best offenses in the league and will be fun to watch.

4. Green Bay Packers: It is difficult to ever go against a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers. He is such a dangerous weapon on offense and can make the amazing happen.

5. San Francisco 49ers: Why so low on the niners? There is something that I don’t trust about Colin Kaepernick. I will let him prove me wrong this season.

6. Houston Texans: I never really know what to think of this team, but Arian Foster and JJ Watt can carry both sides of the football.

7. New England Patriots: I don’t remember the last time that I felt so low on the Patriots, but there is a lot of craziness that is happening around that team right now. I am not sure how they will perform on offense.

8. Baltimore Ravens: They lost a ton of key players, but I can’t rank the Super Bowl Champions any lower than this.

9. New York Giants: Aren’t they good every other year? This could be another year they sneak into the playoffs and make magic happen.

10. Washington Redskins: RGIII is so dang good if he is healthy. I think he can make this team compete once again.

11. New Orleans Saints: I can’t put Drew Brees any lower on this list. He is too good to be placed any lower.

12. Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler is a wild card. Some days he looks like one of the best ever and other days he looks like Jay Cutler.

13. Cincinnati Bengals: The defense is strong and they have enough offense to win games.

14. Minnesota Vikings: Can Adrian Peterson carry the team all over again?

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This defense can be really really good.

16. San Diego Chargers: This probably is the highest anyone ranks them at this time in the season. I believe.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Seems fitting that the Cowboys and Chargers are ranked right next to eachother.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: The team just seems to be getting older and older

19. Indianapolis Colts: I think they are due for a step back to reality.

20. St Louis Rams: I don’t trust in Sam Bradford too much, but I like some of the pieces they have put in place. Tavon Austin will be fun to watch.

21. Detroit Lions: Megatron will have to step up and save the day.

22. Kansas City Chiefs: The team is improving, but I still don’t see them as a big threat.

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Not sure of the quarterback play for Chip Kelly will be enough for him

24. Miami Dolphins: A lot of money spent by the Dolphins this offseason, but not sure if it was well spent.

25. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton needs to step up big time this season to bring this team back into contention.

26. Cleveland Browns: They are the Browns.

27. Arizona Cardinals: They are the Cardinals.

28. Buffalo Bills: They are the Bills.

29. New York Jets: I could have kept on going with that theme, but decided to stop. Rex Ryan doesn’t have much talent on this roster. Who starts at quarterback? Mark Sanchez? Good Luck!

30. Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker? They need all kinds of help.

31. Oakland Raiders: Matt Flynn is just not that good.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars: This team is a mess.

The best I could rank our boys at this time is right in the middle. There is a lot of work that needs to be done and it can be done, they just have to prove things. Training camp starts in less than a week!

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • Ride the Lightning

    Denver is so overrated. The only teams they beat last season with a winning record was One and Done Bengals, and No Ray Lewis Ravens. Did you know Denver’s head coach, John Fox never was able to produce back to back winning seasons? Even coaching the Carolina Panthers to a Superbowl in 2003 with a 14-6 record (I’m including the playoffs), he followed up with a 7-9 record with pretty much the same team.

    And now you expect me to say Denver is better after losing 11 sacks 54 combined tackles linebacker Elvis Dumervil to Baltimore, and adding Wes Welker. The wide receiver, when at his prime was never able to get a ring with Tom Brady. The Broncos are nothing but a one trick pony.

  • Noah of Highwood Manor

    Giving the wins to the Chargers on teams they are playing this year that are ranked below them. The Chargers should finish 10-6.

    • Jose Martinez

      Jink.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      That sounds about right to me

  • arnie

    That’s actually a good list Ernie. Sometimes all you need to rank a team is your eyes.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Thank you sir

  • Nick in PB

    Very fair evaluation Ernie. Let’s hope the Chargers rank higher than this by the seasons end. Too many questions to be answered but if the O Line IS improved, and RM and PR get back on track we will be ranked higher. If injuries strike again at the positions we are weak in (CB) we could be in trouble. Still, we should be better than last year!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Thank you. I tried not to play homer on this one. We can easily finish the season higher on this list. At the same token, we can finish lower

  • miketuck

    Manning is like any Player that can’t let go gracefully. He should be rooting on his brother instead of taking the spot of some up and coming star.