Bolts Jump Up Power Rankings

By Peter Thompson

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

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 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’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.

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!

Peter Thompson