San Diego Chargers just outside of top 10 in power rankings

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 28, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown (34) talks with running back Danny Woodhead (39) and running back Ryan Mathews (24) on the sideline against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

I haven’t gone around to all the power rankings that have been posted yet, but I saw that the ESPN power rankings were posted and the San Diego Chargers were sitting just on the outside of the top 10 to start out the year. That is an impressive placing for a team that had no clue just a year ago. The Chargers had a new head coach, a quarterback that had lost his magic touch and a questionable defense last season, but now there are some expectations.

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The Chargers have an offense that will move the ball down the field. They have playmakers at a number of positions on offense and the rest of the league and media is starting to take some notice. Keenan Allen’s name is going to be a household name. Philip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, but doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Ryan Mathews also doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Sometimes he doesn’t even get it among San Diego fans. The team will move the ball down the field.

The defense has new pieces, but there is potential from the squad. The team is fairly healthy going into the season and we should see some new playmakers rising up on the defensive side of the ball.

This team is getting recognition now. We just have to find a way to win and keep climbing these power rankings. 11 is a favorable spot. We start out the year with some tough competition. Let’s see where we are sitting at after a couple of weeks.