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Power ranking the AFC West after the LA Chargers shock the Kansas City Chiefs

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2. LA Chargers

The LA Chargers are 2-1 on the young season and they deserve the no. 2 ranking in these AFC West power rankings. if the Chargers would have beaten the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 then they undoubtedly would be the no. 1 team on this list.

However, it was a sloppy game for the Bolts in which they beat themselves. They managed to hold Dallas' offense to only 20 points but at the end of the day, you cannot win football games playing the way they played in Week 2.

The Bolts came back with a vengeance in Week 3 and took it to the Chiefs. Forcing four turnovers is no easy feat and while the first interception was more of a mistake by Patrick Mahomes, the two forced fumbles were fantastic plays and the pressure on Mahomes is was caused the overthrown interception that ultimately won the Bolts the game.

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Not only did the Chargers drop 30 points on the Chiefs in Arrowhead with the enemy crowd against them but they held the Chiefs to under 25 points. Sure, they still picked up plenty of yards and first downs but games are not won with yards and first downs. They are won with points and the Chargers held them to only 24 points.

It is pretty rare to hold the Chiefs to under 25 points. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the last team to do it in the Super Bowl against KC's banged-up offensive line but that was not an excuse in this one. That was also the Super Bowl. It happening in the regular season is far less common.

In fact, the Chiefs were held to under 25 points only three times last season (not counting the final game of the year where the backups played). They scored 23 against the Chargers in Week 2 last year, 22 against Denver in a win and 17 against Atlanta in a win. It is rare.

The Chargers still have a lot of work to be done but if Justin Herbert continues to play like this and Brandon Staley continues to coach like this then we are looking at a football team that can go a long way this season.