Saturday, October 2, 2021

Los Angeles Chargers Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

Throughout the 2021 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: 10.0 (T-10th)
  • Best ranking: 9th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Justin Herbert was terrific Sunday versus the Chiefs, completing 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns with zero turnovers. He had a better completion percentage in a loss against Dallas the week before, but turnovers and penalties took two touchdowns away. Everything indicates his numbers will continue to grow. He has completed 69.8% of his passes through three games. "We are fortunate enough to have a gangster quarterback," coach Brandon Staley said. Herbert took his team through two crucial fourth-down plays on the final drive of Sunday's win in Kansas City and didn't blink. "We want to put the ball in Justin Herbert's hand and have him be the decider," Staley emphasized. -- Shelley Smith -- Rank: 10

Brandon Staley is in love with his quarterback. Can you blame him? For the second straight week, the Chargers' head coach made a point to call Justin Herbert the best player on the field, this time after Herbert powered the Bolts to a dramatic 30-24 win over the Chiefs in Arrowhead. It's not lip service by Staley, either: On multiple occasions Sunday, Staley opted to keep his offense on the field rather than settle for sensible field-goal attempts. It was a tacit acknowledgement of Patrick Mahomes' greatness, sure, but also a showing of supreme faith in his own guy. The Chargers converted first downs in each instance. The football world is quickly learning what Staley and the Power Rankings already knew: Justin Herbert Is A Savage In The Pocket.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

That's a big-time win on the road against the Chiefs. Justin Herbert bounced out of his slow start with an impressive four-touchdown pass game.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

"We're fortunate we have a gangster quarterback," new Bolts coach Brandon Staley said of Justin Herbert after Sunday's win at Kansas City. OK, sure, Coach. But for context, Herbert's the same guy who founded a fishing club in high school.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Surprise! We all knew (or at least should have known) that Keenan Allen is one of the most dangerous and well-rounded receivers in the NFL. But what's been remarkable through the Chargers' 2-1 start is just how good Mike Williams has been as a red-zone target and one-on-one matchup nightmare. Williams scored two touchdowns last week against the Chiefs, and his four receiving touchdowns are tied for second-most (behind Cooper Kupp, and equal to Rob Gronkowski, Adam Thielen and Ja'Marr Chase) in the NFL. It will be fun to see how a reinvigorated Raiders defense tries to defend both Williams and Allen in Week 4.

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