Thursday, December 16, 2021

Los Angeles Chargers Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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: 9.6 (9th)
  • Best ranking: 8 (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 12 (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

The Chargers' offense is as good as Justin Herbert's arm, which is pretty good, as evidenced by a beautiful 59-yard TD pass to Jalen Guyton in Sunday's win. Herbert is a star, Austin Ekeler has stepped up his game and the Chargers are capable of beating anyone when they're clicking. However, the defense is lacking at times and needs to get more consistent if the Chargers are serious about making a run in the playoffs. The special teams are better than their last-place ranking but so-so at best. -- Shelley Smith -- Rank: 9

The Chargers welcomed a bad Giants team into their building on Sunday and took care of business -- a welcome development for a group that has struggled with consistency this season. Justin Herbert delivered another excellent performance, hooking up on a highlight-reel touchdown connection with Jalen Guyton for the second straight week while becoming the first QB in NFL history to reach 30 touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons. Now things get serious: The Chargers welcome the Chiefs to SoFi Stadium on Thursday night with a golden opportunity to make the AFC West very interesting. These Herbert-v.-Mahomes affairs should get prime-time billing every season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They have won two straight and head to a big Thursday night game with the Chiefs looking good. Justin Herbert is back in a big way.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Is there a more fun team to watch? The average score of one of their games is Bolts 27, opponent 26. Replicate that Thursday night at home against Kansas City, and Los Angeles moves into first place in the AFC West.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Worst-case scenario: The Chargers' season-long inconsistency causes them to drop another game or two and they deprive everyone the chance to watch Justin Herbert's rocket-launcher arm at work in the postseason. A win over the Bengals and Giants in Weeks 13 and 14 gave the Chargers their first winning streak since their victories in Weeks 3 to 5, but the Giants are also a mess. This is still a team with a young quarterback and first-year head coach in Brandon Staley. A win Thursday at home would move the Chargers into first place in the AFC West and complete a season sweep of the Chiefs.

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