Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) celebrates a touchdown run with tackle D.J. Fluker (76) and center Rich Ohrnberger (74) during the second half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Rise Again In Power Rankings

Last week I wrote a piece about how the San Diego Chargers leaped up SEVEN SPOTS in the NFL.com power rankings to the #13 position. In the article, I pointed out that if Miami lost to the Bills at home, and the Chicago Bears lost to the Washington Redskins, that we could possibly break the top ten. This depended on some other teams above us playing poorly, so it was a long shot. The Dolphins & Bears most certainly wouldn’t lose to the lowly Bills & Redskins, right? Well, they both lost, and the Chargers are now at the #11 spot after handily disposing of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Chargers didn’t break the top ten, but they are right on the edge. Not bad for a team that was ranked in the mid-twenties earlier this season, eh?

This week will be a little tough to climb up in, as we are on a bye week. We probably won’t go down, but there would have to be some epic meltdowns for us to move up. The Green Bay Packers & Detroit Lions are both at 4-3 in the two spots above us. The Packers would have to lose to the Vikings on the road. After seeing the Vikings on Monday night, I doubt that is happening. Josh Freeman suffered a concussion, and the Vikings have already annihilated Christian Ponder’s confidence. The Packers should pull off the easy win. The Lions host the Dallas Cowboys, and COULD possibly lose this game. However, the Cowboys are ranked at the #12 spot, and could jump us with the win. I assume that with a win they would go up in rank, and we are on the bye week. Even though we beat them, the Cowboys are “America’s Team”, and hold the first place spot in their division.

Above the Packers, we have the New England Patriots who fell five spots this week, after an unusual loss to the Jets. They host Miami this week, so a Patriots loss might push them down past us, and we could rise to #10. It’s a long shot, but I said that last week too, and it almost all came true. Then the Cincinnati Bengals are right above the Pats in the #7 spot. The Bengals host the 15th ranked New York Jets. If Cincy lost to the Jets, the Pats lost to Miami, and the Packers lost to the Vikings… that could possibly catapult us into the top ten. But, I’m not sure where back-to-back wins against the Patriots and Bengals would put the Jets. Could some of these top ten teams end up behind us in the middle of the pack, after one weekend? One can only speculate. Either way, we can play our ways into the top ten by continuing to win games. That means taking care of business against Washington, Denver, and Kansas City when we get back from the bye week. Let’s keep this streak going!

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  • Jon Marine

    I knew ever since they announced the release of Turner and Smith that this team was going to be better than last season. Does ESPN and NFL Network have secret contracts with the Jets, Vikings, and Patriots? That’s all that I see today. Everyone was saying we would be a five win team, but some of us knew better than that. I still think that the Chargers will win AT LEAST 10 games, and we will get some form of national attention, and we WILL let ESPN and NFL Network that we will not roll over and let them ignore us and criticize us at every chance. This is the year, maybe not the super bowl year, but this is the year we prove ourselves and shut all the doubters up. BOLT UP OR SHUT UP BABY!!!

    • Tazzster

      I thought it was odd that people were picking us to only win 5 games as well. It did not make sense. We won 7 last year, with a practice squad offensive line. The team only got better in the offseason. Logic would tell us that we were going to win more than seven.

      However I don’t think NFL pundits pay much attention to the actual team. All they saw was bad 2012 stats from Rivers, new coach, and the releasing of vets so young talent could play. What they did not see was that all this team needed was an offensive line upgrade to be better, which they got. The other results we are starting to see…. young players stepping up and good coaching is just gravy.

    • Tazzster

      As for 10 wins… here is a scenario for 11…

      W – November 3 – At Skins
      W – November 10 – Broncos
      W – 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
      The Miami road game gives me the most worries, not sure why. My thought is that we will probably lose one of those Ws. I’m not sure which one though. That would leave us at 10. I think that will be good enough for a playoff spot.
      Also, I think this team is only going to get better as the season moves on. We are seeing that already. We just need to get and stay healthy.

      • tbell11

        Worst case scernio is the Chargers go 9-7 with a loss to Denver and KC, but realistically the Chargers have a great chance to win 10 games either beating KC or Denver. That Bengals game is iffy to me also. I had the Chargers at 9-7 before the season and now they might succed that with ease.

        • Tazzster

          One thing is for sure… we need to defend the home turf!

          It would help if we could get the stadium packed out with OUR fans.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        We play our best ball in December….Not so much in November
        So If we go 3-1 in November we’re making the playoffs, period.

      • C.Steele

        Yeah Miami could be an L they are a well rounded team. However, the Skins game has the potential to get out of control. We don’t have a good track record this season of containing mobile QBs & RG3 should be firing on all cylinders by the he plays us. I hope that Pagano use the extra week to come up with a damn good game plan. Also, that Bengals game worries me. They have a damn good defense and receivers that can burn it up. Hope having home field advantage carries the day. #GoBolts!

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  • Lem

    With my best guess. at the beginning of the season, I had SD, Denver, and KC all at 10-6 . SD winning the West with the best Division record, and Denver and KC as wildcards. It looks like it still could happen but I doubt it. Denver still has some tough games coming so 11-5 or 12-4 is more realistic, KC now with a real Head Coach and a QB 12-4 or 13-3. The Chargers if they get players back look like a 10-6 to 11-5 team, if not 9-7 and maybe a playoff spot,

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