NFL power rankings, no. 10: LA Chargers
The LA Chargers check in 10th on our NFL power rankings after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9. The Bolts currently own a 5-3 record and control their own destiny in the AFC West. If they continue to win games then the division is theirs for the taking.
While we already said not to sleep on the Vikings it is important that the Chargers get a W in Week 10. A 6-3 record is much different than a 5-4 record and the team cannot spot the Chiefs any games. If the Chargers are going to be a division winner then they have to win games against teams like Minnesota.
The one silver lining for the Chargers is that all three losses this season have come against teams who rank in our top 10. The Bolts have lost to quality teams and the schedule gets easier from here on out.
NFL power rankings, no. 9: New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are one of the quality teams that beat the LA Chargers and some might say that this is too high for a team who has two wins over the New York Jets already. That being said, the Patriots have played really solid football and are better than most give credit for.
The Patriots are 5-4 and really could be 7-2 this season. If Nick Folk hits the field goal against the Bucs and Damien Harris doesn't fumble in Week 1 then the Patriots would be 7-2 and would be bidding for the first seed in the AFC.
Of course, that is just a what-if but the point differential also shows that New England is a solid football team. The Pats have the second best point differential in the AFC, only trailing the Buffalo Bills.