After the team’s second-straight loss, and their sixth total of the year, the Chargers are understandably taking a tumble down the power rankings.
But there’s at least one publication that just can’t quit holding on to hope when it comes to the Chargers. Despite other sites and analysts dropping the Bolts into the depths of the league, Dan Hanzus of NFL.com RAISED the Chargers up a spot from No. 19 to No. 18, even after the heart-wrenching loss to the Raiders.
Maybe as long as those outside of the fan base can still see the positives in this team, we can all do the same, as well. Just a thought.
Like every week, here are the various power rankings for the Chargers across a number of media platforms.
NFL.com - No. 18
It keeps happening. It won’t stop. The Chargers always find a way. On Sunday, L.A. was celebrating a game-winning touchdown catch by Donald Parham Jr. ... until officials overturned the call after a review in a 31-26 loss to the Raiders. In true Chargers form, it took the sixth or seventh replay to finally show clear evidence that the ball had slipped out of Parham’s hands as he went to the ground. Egads. There are two ways to look at this as a fan: You’re either head-over-heels in love with the possibility of the Justin Herbert era, or you’re locked in a present where Sundays are continually ruined by heartbreak. Where you fall on that spectrum probably says a lot about your outlook on life in general. — Dan Hanzus
ESPN - No. 23
The Chargers are close, but that only counts in horseshoes, really. There were high expectations and Justin Herbert has created some more, but he needs some help if they are to reach their potential. Also, Anthony Lynn needs to keep his job and needs to pull out some wins to do that. He’s a players’ coach and that counts, especially with a team riddled with injuries and a rookie QB. — Shelley Smith
USA Today - No. 24
“They’ve surrendered 159 points over their last five games ... hence all the “bad luck” and squandered Justin Herbert performances.”
CBS Sports - No. 25
“Once again, they lost a close game. It never changes, only the script to get there.” — Pete Prisco
Bleacher Report - No. 26
The Los Angeles Chargers have become the masters of losing close games. Every one of their six defeats this season has been by seven or fewer points.
In Week 8, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock threw a touchdown pass on the final play of the game. In Week 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert throw a touchdown pass on the final play of the game, but it was overturned after replays showed Donald Parham Jr. didn’t control the ball as he fell to the ground.
The Chargers got another great outing out of Herbert, who threw for 326 yards and two scores even without the would-be game-winner. But just as in all of Herbert’s starts save Week 7 against the woeful Jaguars, it amounted to jack squat. The Chargers have now lost a staggering 15 games over the last two seasons by seven points or fewer.
“Herbert has been spectacular,” Sobleski said. “But the Chargers can’t find ways to win close games. Some might argue breaks haven’t gone their way. While that’s true to an extent, the Chargers aren’t helping themselves. For example, Herbert shouldn’t be throwing a fade—which is a low-probability throw—to a third-string tight end on the final play with a potential win within reach. That alone should be a fireable offense.” — NFL Staff
Pro Football Talk - No. 29
“With a young franchise quarterback and a team that can’t find a way to win, time could be running out for coach Anthony Lynn.” — Mike Florio