Hey all, here’s this week’s limited roundup of power rankings from various publications. It’s a day late as I hoped NFL.com and CBS Sports would get theirs out prior to today but it looks like both are waiting until after this afternoon’s game between the Steelers and Ravens to do just that.
So here’s what we have until then.
I’ll be sure to update if and when we get any from either site.
UPDATE: CBS Sports and NFL.com dropped their rankings and they’re the best two of the week.
NFL.com - #20
“The Chargers drafted a quarterback in April who hit the ground running as a top-10 passer in the league. And yet, the Bolts languish at 3-8 after a 27-17 loss to the Bills on Sunday. The organization has to ask why. Los Angeles failed to take advantage of three Buffalo turnovers in the second half, and head coach Anthony Lynn faced criticism after the game for egregious clock mismanagement, a familiar refrain around these parts. Lynn said it was ”completely miscommunication” that led to a comedy of errors in the final minute after Justin Herbert connected on a Hail Mary pass that put the Bolts at the Bills’ goal line with no timeouts. A ponderous hand-off, a doomed pass, a field-goal unit running on then off the field, capped by the world’s saddest QB sneak as time expired. Woof.” — Dan Hanzus
CBS Sports - #23
“They can’t win games, even if they have a big-play quarterback. As this season continues to go in the wrong direction, you have to wonder if coach Anthony Lynn will be back.” — Pete Prisco
ESPN - #24
Most important game remaining: Week 17 at Kansas City
“The first go-around was Justin Herbert’s first start and he threw for 311 yards, took the game to OT and lost, in large part because Anthony Lynn decided to punt on fourth-and-short in overtime instead of going for it, giving the ball to the Chiefs, who drove for a game-winning field goal. Perhaps a more experienced Herbert, along with a healthy Austin Ekeler, can come up with an effort that provides momentum for next season and perhaps saves Lynn’s job.” — Shelley Smith
Bleacher Report - #25
Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has put up fantastic individual numbers since taking over under center in Week 2. But the only number that matters isn’t flattering for the former Oregon standout.
Herbert fell to 2-8 as a starter after the Chargers were unable to complete a second-half comeback in Buffalo despite three Bills turnovers after halftime. The Chargers have had their struggles defensively this year, but Herbert told reporters after the loss that the offense that let the team down Sunday.
“The defense got the stops when they needed to—got the turnovers,” Herbert said. “We had our opportunities. We just didn’t execute.”
Herbert has earned a mulligan or two throughout his rookie season. He routinely tops 300 passing yards and multiple touchdowns, only to see the Chargers blow a lead late or come up short time after time. But Sunday was a reminder that while the Bolts appear to have found their quarterback of the future, they still have a lot of work to do around him before they’ll be a contender again.
Gagnon thinks part of that work is getting a new coach.
“Anthony Lynn is getting a lot out of Herbert, but his game management has become hugely problematic,” he said. “He just isn’t a good head coach and would be better off in an assistant role. At this point, I expect a change there within a matter of weeks.” — NFL Staff
USA Today - #26
“Justin Herbert needs one more 300-yard passing day for his seventh, which would set a new record among rookie quarterbacks.” — Nate Davis
Pro Football Talk - #29
“ If the coaching job comes open, if could be the most attractive vacancy in the league.” — Mike Florio