Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls plays at the line during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Bolts Jump Up NFL.com Power Rankings

Power Rankings are one of those things that you should not pay too much attention to. They are speculative, and don’t really mean much, as the team that usually wins the big show is not always the team that tops the many power ranking lists out there.

The San Diego Chargers were not getting much love after their unimpressive loss in Oakland last week. However, beating a top 5 ranked Indianapolis Colts team has seemed to have changed the tide quite dramatically on NFL.com. The Chargers, who were ranked 20th just last week, have ascended 7 spots to number 13! They come in just above the Cowboys & Ravens… and just below the Dolphins & Bears. Here’s what NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison had to say about the move:

Seriously, how awesome is Philip Rivers playing right now? It’s great to see one of the more maligned players in pro football over the past few seasons enjoying such success in 2013.

Power Rankings side note: Seeing this uni matchup at Qualcomm reminded us of the Mike Scifres game, when a punter singlehandedly accomplished what the Bolts did Sunday night: stopping an explosive Colts offense. In that 2008 wild-card matchup between San Diego and Indianapolis, Scifres punted six times, with five landing inside the 10 and two boots landing inside the 5. Never seen anything like it in the NFL. Bet you Chargers fans remember, though.

The way Philip Rivers has been playing (especially with the relatively unknown weapons around him) is turning the heads of even the most skeptical analysts over at the Network. Of course, us Charger fans knew the problems revolved mostly around Norv, AJ, and an awful offensive line situation. But, it’s still nice to get some respect from the same people who were insinuating that Philip Rivers was “permanently broken” just a few months ago.

Let’s keep climbing that ladder guys! 19 down… 12 to go.


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Peter Thompson







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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Peter, where does a big W against the Jags put us after week 7? Same 13 spot or up 1 or 2 if one of the top 12 gets their asses handed to them? Of course if we lose we would have lost to the Jags and Raiders and should be moved to the 28 spot with the quickness lol

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Two would be nice. . Break the top ten teams. A win at Jacksonville would be another conference win, which we MUST get if we even want to sniff the playoffs. It would also make us 2-2 against that division, since Tennessee and Houston beat us. You do not want to go 3-1. If Miami loses to 2-4 Buffalo (a division & conference game) they would most definitely fall a couple spots. If Chicago lose to the 1-5 Redskins, I imagine their stock would plummet too. Depending on what else happened in the top ten…. a win could put us even higher. All we have to do is beat the Jags. That would be crazy if 3 of 4 AFC West teams were in the top ten!

  • Tazzster

    The real question is….

    Can we go 7-3 the rest of the way and get into the playoffs…


    W – October 20 – at Jags
    W – November 3 – At Skins
    W – November 10 – Broncos
    L – November 17 – at Miami
    L – November 24 – at KC
    W – December 1 – Bengals
    W – December 8 – Giants
    L – December 12 – at Broncos
    W – December 22 – Raiders
    W – December 29 – Chiefs

    • BoltUp47

      Switch that Miami and Denver game

      • Tazzster

        There definately can be some switching in there. But here is my thought process…

        I am not totally sold on the Broncos. Here’s why…

        The Broncos Defense is ranked 29th in yards allowed and 24th in points allowed. Just looking at those stats, you feel like the Chargers will be able to score points.

        So, you are probably thinking… “How will they keep up with the Broncos scoring?” That begs us to ask the question…. is the Broncos offense that good? Well what defensives have they played. Here they are with where they rank in yards allowed and points allowed:

        Ravens 17, 13
        Giants 24, 32
        Raiders 13, 14
        Eagles 32, 29
        Cowboys 30, 21
        Jags 22, 31

        By the numbers the Broncos have played some soft defenses.

        How good are they? I guess we will find out November 10th. I look for the Chargers to hold the home court in their powder blues.

        • Joel Ayala

          Awesome insight bro. totally agree.I think if our O plays the way we know they can. Donks wouldnt be able to hang with us. At least at home.i could see a split.

    • Daryl Peek

      Wont make the playoffs losing three more AFC conference games. There are too many 3-3 teams in the conference fighting for a wildcard birth also.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Exactly. We need to finish off the Jags & Miami. Cincy is a must win too. Then do our best to knock off the teams in our own division. But, then again… what win isn’t a must win when you have two undefeated teams in your division.. lol.

  • 619chargers4life

    They probably found out Ingram is eligible to return to practice before anybody else hence the jump in the rankings lol

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I wish… I don’t see Ingram returning this year. It doesn’t seem realistic to me. I know he is a bad ass, and all that.. but, look how long it’s taking Taylor.. and how careful they are being with him. It’s just not worth it to risk a setback. He will be back in full force next season. I’m happy with that.

  • Jonah Lee

    Have to win every remaining home game (5), don’t botch winnable games such as Jaguars and Redskins, that puts us at 10 wins and a push for the playoffs!! Go big or go home!!

  • Daryl Peek

    To have a realistic shot at the playoffs, they can only lose two or three games max the rest of the way. Two being the control our own destiny. I say that based off conference record. The team has lost three conference games already, one a division game. They can ill afford to lose another, or risk losing any shot at tiebreakers. Losing to the Giants and Skins won’t hurt. While unlikely, sweeping the Chiefs and Donkeys is the best chance to control destiny. This is the hill they now have to climb. GO BOLTS

  • Michael

    Your so right,,,, Its just put their to make fans argue about where their team is ranked, they can give you facts and reasons but you shouldn’t make too much of it , Like the other day, I was ,,,,,,,, what,,,,, wait a minute,,,,, some idiot has the Cowboys ranked higher than the Chargers!!!!@@$#$@#$ ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ha,,,, remember all when somebody tells you nothing is possible, ask him to dribble a football!!!! GO BOLTS!

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Totally agree. The only reason I think they put teams like the Cowgirls above us, is because they are in the driver’s seat of their divisions. Same with the Ravens. But, we beat them both out this week. Unfortunately, we got stuck with two undefeated teams in our division. We could possibly be one of the top 5-10 teams in the league, and still not make the playoffs.. kinda like the Bears last year.