Saturday, January 2, 2021

Los Angeles Chargers Week 17 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Los Angeles Chargers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 19.2 (18th)
  • Best ranking: 16th (
  • Worst ranking: 22nd (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Hunter Henry, TE: The Chargers used the franchise tag on Henry last offseason. He's been solid but unspectacular. Henry ranks ninth among tight ends with 613 receiving yards. He's averaged 10.2 yards per reception and scored four touchdowns. At 26, Henry will appeal to teams in the market for a young, starting-caliber tight end.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

They finally found a way to win a close game. Now the question is whether Anthony Lynn will be back.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

Flawed as they are, does it make sense to dismantle a coaching staff that has done such a nice job launching QB Justin Herbert's career?

ESPN -- Rank: 19

New Year's resolution: Figure out how to finish

Sixteen one-possession losses in two seasons is way too many. It's up to Chargers to find the fierceness to finish the close games with Ws instead of Ls, to keep leads instead of squandering them. Is it a tough O-lineman, a reliable kicker, a tough D-lineman? Whatever it is, do something to help franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert has led them to three consecutive winning drives in as many weeks in December, but the Chargers need to carry that over to 2021. -- Shelley Smith -- Rank: 16

Everyone loves a nice kicker redemption tale. Michael Badgley has missed more kicks than anyone in football this season, but the "Money Badger" was perfect on all four of his field-goal attempts on Sunday, including the go-ahead 37-yarder in the final minute of a 19-16 win over the Broncos. The Chargers did more than win their third straight game -- they made history. Justin Herbert bumped Baker Mayfield out of the record books with his 28th touchdown pass of the season, the most ever by a rookie quarterback. Herbert represents hope in Los Angeles. It might not be long before he's the biggest star in town.

Previous update: Los Angeles Chargers Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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