After the Chargers secured their fourth win of the season with a 20-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, they saw a fairly dramatic rise in ESPN’s latest round of power rankings, going up five spots from No. 28 up to No. 23.
“Basically, not much has gone right for the Chargers, except — and it’s a big exception — quarterback Justin Herbert,” says Chargers beat writer Shelley Smith. “Even though this team has just four wins, Herbert has saved the season and given Chargers fans something to look forward to next season. One thing that hasn’t been good is the special teams, which are ranked at the bottom of the league for good reason. Head coach Anthony Lynn has had to assume control of that unit.”
Of the five teams that are currently 4-9, the Chargers rank above all of them. They also have the 5-8 Detroit Lions underneath the Bolts, as well.
Just like that, a single win gets the Bolts back into the good graces of the media. At least, compared to the rest of the teams with similar records. For that reason, I can’t wait to see what NFL.com has to say about them!
And now for today’s links.
Joey Bosa spoke with the media on Monday (Chargers.com)
Check out the best photos from Sunday’s game against the Falcons (Chargers.com)
Here’s how draft experts have been drafting for the Chargers (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed believes the Chargers should avoid drafting a receiver in the first round (Bolt Beat)
The NFL’s current playoff picture (Bleacher Report)
The Eagles will start Jalen Hurts at QB for the remainder of the season (ESPN)
Washington is optimistic that Alex Smith will play on Sunday (Pro Football Talk)
Roger Goodell says the NFL will not “hop the line” for the vaccine (ESPN)
Jason La Canfora gives his thoughts from Week 14 (CBS Sports)
Browns HC Kevin Stefanski is not interested in moral victories after MNF loss (NFL.com)